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West was an outstanding player for the Mountaineers and is a member of Pro Basketball's Hall of Fame.
'West Virginia's Mr. Everything, Jerry West (44) slips by a Virginia Military (Institute) defender on his way to scoring one of the 12 field goals he scored 12/14. West was outscored by VMI's Joe Gedro (53) who tallied 30. WVU won, 91-76. UPI Telephoto.'
Willie Akers leads the team down the carpet and Jerry West is on the left. The carpet is rolled out before each home game for the WVU team to enter on to the court. This is one of the best traditions in NCAA basketball.
6' 3", 175- pound Jerry West battles 6-7, 230 pound Jeff Cohen for the rebound in Southern Conference tournament action.  The Mountaineers, finalists in NCAA play, had a tough time squeezing past William & Mary in their conference semi-final, 85-82, as West scored 38 points.
Jerry West is fouled by Ralph Brandt in attempting a lay- up against Holy Cross. Number 12 is George Blaney.
The photograph was taken while West was driven through the streets of Beckley by a very proud fan following West Virginia University's amazing run in the 1959 NCAA Basketball Tournament. The Mountaineers make it to the National Championship game, losing to California by one point. West was named the MVP of the tournament. The others in the photograph are not identified.
A photograph of Jerry West (second from right) standing with Louise Larkey (right) and Victor Larkey (far left) of Weirton, W. Va., Mrs. O. J. White (front left) of Morgantown, W. Va., and Red Lyons (rear right) of Raleigh County, W. Va.
West, who is holding the ball, attended Chelyan Junior High before attending East Bank High School.
West, No. 44, played for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team from 1960 to 1974. He was an All-Star every year of his career and led Los Angeles to the NBA Finals nine times.
West, left, flies past Louisville's John Turner during the 1959 NCAA Semi-Finals. The Mountaineers won this game 93-78, with 38 points scored by West alone.
West was the team's starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.
West, who is mid-air and ready to shoot the ball, played for East Bank High School as the team's starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1954–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.
West played as the team's starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.
West is pictured at 7 years old, likely when he was living in Chelyan, W. Va.
West is pictured holding a basketball on the construction site of the L.A. Forum.  He played for the Lakers from 1960-1974.
West, right and Akers played for West Virginia University from 1956-1960 leading theMountaineers to two Southern Conference and three NCAA tournament appearances which includes the 1959 Championship game.
West's jersey number 44 was officially retired prior to the Mountaineers' basketball game against LSU.
West, right, is pictured with Willie Akers, left, and Coach Fred Schaus, center. West played for West Virginia University's basketball team from 1956-1960, before he was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers.
After fourteen years of playing of the team, West rejoined the Lakers as coach for three seasons between 1976 and 1982. He led the team to the playoffs each season.
West (right) lived in the home of Ann Dinardi (center) which was located on 65 Beechurst Avenue.
Jerry West is Number 12 in the front row, second from the right. He played as the team's starting small forward.
West, left, and Schaus, right, are pictured together smiling.
Jerry West, pictured holding the trophy, is outside of East Bank High School after leading his team to championship victory. West was the team's starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.
West, right, is pictured with East Bank coach Roy Williams, who is stressing defense techniques. West was the team's starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.
The crowd gathered on the East Bank High School lawn to welcome home the state champions.  The State Champions Basketball Game was played at Mountaineer Field House in Morgantown, W. Va.
West, No. 44 pictured in the forefront, poses with teammate Willie Akers.
Jerry West, pictured on the left holding a trophy, is outside of East Bank High School after leading his team to championship victory. West was the team's starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.
West, right, poses with West Virginia University Basketball Coach Fred Schaus, center, and teammate Willie Akers, left, while holding a basketball. West played for West Virginia University before he was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers.
West, wearing a patterned blazer, with Jack McCloskey, left, look out onto the court as the game progresses. After fourteen years of playing for the team, West rejoined the Lakers as coach for three seasons between 1976 and 1982. He led the team to the playoffs each season.
Sitting, from left to right, is Manager Ronald Lewellen, Jerry Turner, Butch Goode, Jim Reiss, Jim Warren, Jay Jacobs, and Manager Jim Cook.Standing, from left to right, is Assistant Coach Jim Sottile, Jerry West, Jim Ritchie, Joe Posch, Pat Duffy, Willie Akers, and Coach Quentin Barnette.
Because West broke his nose so often while playing basketball, he was made to wear a guard.
West, left, and Byrd, right, pose together at an unidentified location. Byrd served as a U.S. Senator from 1959 to 2010.
Jerry West, No. 42, is pictured with his high school basketball team and Coach Roy Williams.West was the team's starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.West also led his team to victory at the West Virginia State High School Basketball Championship in 1956, a first for the team.
Chrest was a teammate of Jerry West during his high school basketball career.The 1956 team secured the first ever state championship title for East Bank High School's basketball team.
Fischer was a teammate of Jerry West during his high school basketball career.The 1956 team secured the first ever state championship title for East Bank High School's basketball team.
Akers was a teammate of Jerry West during his high school basketball career.The 1956 team secured the first ever state championship title for East Bank High School's basketball team.
Pauley was a teammate of Jerry West during his high school basketball career.The 1956 team secured the first ever state championship title for East Bank High School's basketball team.
Basham was a teammate of Jerry West during his high school basketball career.The 1956 team secured the first ever state championship title for East Bank High School's basketball team.
A referee and teammates come to West's aid during a high school basketball game.West was the East Bank High School's starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.The 1956 team secured the first ever state championship title for East Bank High School's basketball team.
East Bank High School's Gary Stover, No. 17, and Morgantown's Jay Jacobs, No. 3, jump for a rebound during the championship game. Jerry West, not pictured, was also playing at this game as the team's starting small forward.West led East Bank High School to victory at this game, scoring 43 of the 71 points against Morgantown. The final score was 71-56. It was the first time East Bank High School won the state championship title.
Leonord Greer, left, and Robert Buckley, right, are pictured during a drill at practice. The boys were teammates of Jerry West during his high school basketball career.The 1956 basketball team secured the first ever state championship title for the high school.
Front row, from left to right: Jerry West, Robert Green, Jim Dolen, Rodney Buckley, and Jack Ellis.Second row, from left to right: Jack Landers, Larry Moore, Robert Buckley, Ronald Fisher, and Joe Chrest.Third row, from left to right: Coach Roy E. Williams, Lincoln Lincous, Garry Stover, and team manager Bill Molner.West was the team's starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.
Coach Roy Williams gives West a once-over after the star took a hard fall during the semi-final game in the state basketball tournament. West played for East Bank High School and led the team to victory, the first ever state championship title for East Bank High School's basketball team.West was the team's starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.
East Bank High School's Gary Stover, No. 17, drives in for a layup while Mullens High School's Gene Miller tries to halt the play. Also pictured is Mullens player Ronnie Cook and East Bank player Jack Landers, No. 11.Jerry West was also a player in this game and led the team to victory. The 1956 team secured the first ever state championship title for East Bank High School's basketball team.West was East Bank High School's starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.
A portrait of the team, coached by Roy E. Williams. Jerry West is pictured in the center holding the trophy. The 1956 team secured the first ever state championship title for East Bank High School's basketball team.West was the team's starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.
Jerry West and teammates are pictured celebrating and drinking milk in a locker room with their coaches. The 1956 team secured the first ever state championship title for East Bank High School's basketball team.West was the team's starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.
Pictured from left to right is Willie Akers of Mullens High School, Mr. Hurt from Beckley High School, Jack Landers from East Bank High School, Jerry West from East Bank High School, Jay Jacobs from Morgantown High School, and Mr. Davis from Morgantown High School.West was East Bank High School's starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.He team secured the first ever state championship title for East Bank High School's basketball team.
Jerry West, East Bank High School's small starting forward, helped secure the first ever state championship title for East Bank High School's basketball team.
Coach Roy E. Williams stands behind a microphone to address the crowd. Jerry West led the East Bank High School basketball team to secure its first ever state championship title.West was the team's small starting forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.
With this shot, West (No. 12) makes the shot that scores him a new state high school record of 860 points in a season with only 6:50 left in the game. Also on the court is Bob Green (No. 20) of East Bank and Bob Short (No. 24) of Mullens.West was East Bank High School's small starting forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.In 1956, West led his team to secure its first ever state championship title.
West is pictured throwing a basketball through the basket nonchalantly. He was East Bank High School's small starting forward.West was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season
West (No. 44) played for the Los Angeles Lakers after his basketball career at West Virginia University from 1960 to 1974. The team is pictured here in an advertisement for United Airline.Pictured on the bottom row, from left to right, is John Tresvant, Fred Hetzel, Wilt Chamberlain, General Manager Fred Schaus, Owner Jack Kent Cooke, Coach Joe Mullaney, Rick Roberson, Happy Hairston, and Keith Erickson.In the top row, from left to right, is Trainer Frank O'Neill, Willie McCarter, Jerry West, Jim McMillian, Elgin Baylor, Pat Riley, Earnest Killum, and Gail Goodrich.
West poses with his fourth grade teacher, Wilhelmina Johnson, during the ceremony to rename the high school's gym the "Jerry West Gymnasium."
West played as East Bank High School's small starting forward. He led his team to secure its first ever state championship title.He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.
Sgt. David West was basketball star Jerry West's older brother. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service after dragging a fellow soldier from a rice paddy after he was hit.  David died in the Korean War at age 22 when Jerry was 12.
David was brother to basketball star Jerry West. He died in the Korean War at age 22 when Jerry was 12.
West is pictured in front of a Japanese structure after he has made a recovery from hepatitis.  He was the older brother of basketball star Jerry West. David was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service after dragging a fellow soldier from a rice paddy after he was hit. David died in the Korean War at age 22 when Jerry was 12.
David was an older brother of basketball star Jerry West. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service after dragging a fellow soldier from a rice paddy after he was hit. David died in the Korean War at age 22 when Jerry was 12.
West (No. 44) poses on the right with West Virginia University basketball coach Fred Schaus (center) and Willie Akers (left).
West (No. 44) is pictured midair as he prepares to shoot two of his overall thirty-nine points at the game against VMI. The Mountaineers won with a 101-71 victory.
West, left, and Akers, right, pose with an unidentified young girl.
A group of men are gathered at a spring banquet held at Hotel Morgan after the West Virginia University basketball team was ranked No. 1 in the United States.In the front row, from left to right, is unidentified, Jerry West, Bobby Joe Smith, Ronnie Retton, Bucky Bolyard, Butch Gude, Jim Warren, and possibly Willie Akers.In the second row, from left to right, is athletic director Red Brown, basketball referee Red Mahalic, Jody Gardner, Loyd Sherer, Don Vincent, Whitie Guyme, team physician Dr. Sam Morris, Golf-pro Reggie Spencer, and Father Scott.In the third row, from left to right, is University of Pittsburgh basketball coach Doc Cartson, WVU head coach Fred Schaus, unidentified, the team's general manager Mr. Gwair, and unidentified.
West, pictured in the light sweater behind the cash register, listens as a cashier rings up his meal.In his book, "West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life", West captions this photograph: "I may look innocent here, but I would occasionally play pranks in the dining hall."
West played as the team's starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.He would go on to play for West Virginia University from 1956-1960, and then for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1960-1974.
In the front row, left to right, are Coach Tony Gentile (Williamson), Butch Goode (Pineville), George Ritchey (Chattaroy), Jay Jacobs (Morgantown), Mickey Neal (Williamson), Ed Christie (Clarksburg-Washington Irving), Coach Tony Folio (Clarksburg-Washington Irving).  In the back row, left to right, are Jim Warren (Clarksburg-Washington Irving), Jerry West (East Bank), Howard Hurt (Beckley), Jim McDonald (Bridgeport), Carl Johnson (Williamson), Willie Akers (Mullens), Larry Brothers (Parkersburg), and an unidentified manager.
In the top row, from left to right, is Turk Sine, Kenny Mikes, unidentified, Jerry West, unidentified, Frank Knight, and Walter Nook Smittle, Jr.In the bottom row, from left to right, is Larry Sine, Bucky Bolyard, unidentified, and Jon Huffman.
West lead the East Bank High School basketball team to secure it's first ever state championship title as the team's starting small forward.  He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.He went on to play for West Virginia University from 1956-1960 and then for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1960-1974.
East Bank High School basketball coach Roy E. Williams, right, shakes the hand of Jerry West, left, in the dressing room after beating Mullens High School in Morgantown and winning the state championship title.West was East Bank's starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.
Williams, right, seems to be telling his star, Jerry West, left, not to worry after West fouled out of the game with 5:27 minutes left to play.West lead East Bank High School to secure its first ever state championship title as the team's starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.
West spent one summer living with the Gattlieb family, who owned Blossom Dairy and Restaurant, during his time playing for the Charleston Summer League. Blossom Dairy and the Gattlieb family sponsored West's summer team.
West, the "tallest player in basketball" at 6'3" keeps Smith from successfully making a shot. At this game, West Virginia University handed Kentucky their fifth home defeat in 15 years.Both West and Smith made the United States Olympic team two years later in 1960.
West (No.44), a twelve-time all-star by the time of this photograph, accelerates past Celtics player John Havlicek.
Mr. and Mrs. West are pictured in the center in between two unidentified gentlemen. The four are standing behind a table covered by basketball star Jerry West's many awards during his college basketball career at West Virginia University.
In the front row, from left to right, is Elgin Baylor, George Mikan, Coach Alex Hannum, Lou Hudson, and Dolph Schayes.In the back row, from left to right, is David Bing, Jerry West, Hal Greer, Rick Barry, Connie Hawkins, Earl Monroe, Bob Pettit and Johnny 'Red' Kerr.
Portrait of the basketball star Jerry West, who played for West Virginia University from 1956-1960 and the Los Angeles Lakers from 1960-1974. In 1960, West played on the United States Olympic basketball team.
West, left, and Akers, right, pose with Ann Dinardi. West had lived in Dinardi's Beechurst Avenue home during his college basketball days at West Virginia University.
Dinardi and Jerry West, who is kneeling beside her on her right, pose with a group of former West Virginia University basketball players.Dinardi was Jerry West's landlord when he lived on Beechurst Avenue during his college basketball years at WVU. West described her as his "mom away from home."Dinardi passed away at the age of 97 in 2003.
Eulinda Dinardi, sister of Ann Dinardi and basketball star West are pictured in the Dinardi's kitchen reading a newspaper.West described Ann Dinardi as his "mom away from home." She had a special relationship with many of the basketball players because she lived steps away from the Old Field House.  Her home was on Beechurst Avenue.
A poster features Jerry West as a part of the XVIIth Olympiad in Rome in 1960. West played on the U.S. men's Olympic Basketball Team which won every game.  West won the gold medal
Jerry West swept past Bev Vaughan (25) of William and Mary and scored a total of 38 points against William and Mary. WVU won 85-82 in the semi-finals of the 1959 Southern Conference Tournament.
West dribbles the basketball across the court likely at Stansburry Hall
Jerry West and an opponent from GWU both jump toward the basket
West and opponent chase after the ball as it rolls out of bounds during a game
West shoots the ball while opponents attempt to block him during a home WVU game
Jerry West appears to be preparing to either make a basket or pass the ball to a teammate in this image.
Jerry West played basketball for WVU from 1956-1960 during which time he had a number of achievements in the sport with the team.  He later played for the LA Lakers in the NBA before becoming a coach and manager.
Jerry West played basketball for WVU from 1956-1960 during which time he had a number of achievements in the sport with the team.  He later played for the LA Lakers in the NBA before becoming a coach and manager.
Jerry West played basketball for WVU from 1956-1960 during which time he had a number of achievements in the sport with the team.  He later played for the LA Lakers in the NBA before becoming a coach and manager.
West jumps to block GW's George Marshall and his layup shot during this 1958 game.  WVU won 93 to 66.
WVU had one of the most elite college teams in the country during the West - Smith Era
West scores against Canisius's Greg Britz with a back-handed field goal. WVU won the pictured game, 86 - 66.
West scores a rebound in a Southern Conference tournament against The Citadel. WVU won this game 85-66.
West jumps to block Pitt's Dick Falenski as he attempts to shoot.  The Mountaineers won this game at Pittsburgh, 76-66.
Coach Roy Williams is in the back row.  Jerry West is wearing jersey number 12 and is  seated in the front row.
West shoots a layup in front of a large auditorium of spectators.  West was named All-State from 1953 to 1956 in high school.  He led East Bank High School to the state championship in 1956.
Jerry West attended East Bank High School before moving on to West Virginia University, where he continued his basketball career.West led his team to its first ever state championship title as the starting small forward. He was named All-State from 1953–56, then All-American in 1956 when he was West Virginia Player of the Year, becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season.West was born in Cheylan, W. Va. in 1938. After high school, he went on to play basketball for West Virginia University and then rose to fame as a player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA before becoming a basketball coach and manager. West was born in Cheylan, W. Va. in 1938 and rose to fame as a player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA before becoming a basketball coach and manager.