Artis Gilmore
Artis Glimore, known as the A-Train, left the NBA after 909 regular season games with 15,579 points, 9,161 rebounds and 1,747 blocked shots. During his five years in the ABA, he had a league-record 750 blocks. He is one of only 24 players to score a total of 20,000 points (ABA and NBA combined). Gilmore was an All-Star in 11 of his 17 years as a pro, his last selection coming at age 36. Scoring most of his more than 15,000 NBA points with dunks, finger-rolls and baby hook shots, the left-handed Gilmore posted a career .599 field-goal percentage, the highest ever in the league. He shot .600 or better in six different seasons, and he led the NBA in field-goal percentage four times. His 1,747 NBA blocked shots rank him near the top in that category as well. Gilmore also earned All-ABA First Team honors in each of his five seasons with the Kentucky Colonels, and he was the league's Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year in 1971-72. He had 3,671 rebounds and blocked 700 shots in five seasons (1982-87) with the Spurs, No. 3 all-time in the franchise's NBA history in both categories.
Stan Albeck
Stan Albeck was one of Gilmore's coaches. Albeck coached the Spurs to three consecutive Midwest division titles, from 1980-1983. His record with the Spurs was 153-93 and 13-14 in three playoff runs. Albeck coached in the ABA and NBA for 31 years, including for Cleveland, New Jersey, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Toronto, with ABA stops in Denver, San Diego and Kentucky, where the Colonels won the 1975 championship. At the collegiate level, he had coached at Adrian College in Michigan, Northern Michigan and Bradley, his alma mater in Peoria, Ill. After departing San Antonio, Albeck went to New Jersey (1983-85) and Chicago (1985-86), compiling a 307-265 (.535) record during that time. But his greatest success came with the Spurs. After leaving the head coaching ranks, Albeck scouted pro and college games for several teams including San Antonio before returning to the Nets bench. A stroke in 2001 while coaching the Toronto Raptors left Albeck partially paralyzed and unable to continue working in the game he loves.
Joe Straus, Sr.
Joe R. Straus, Sr. was a champion athlete, an original investor in the San Antonio Spurs and a pioneer in Texas horse racing. Straus was one of the original investors responsible for bringing the Spurs basketball team to San Antonio, serving as chairman of the board for the Spurs and personally funding operations to help put together the franchise in San Antonio. He was also a successful thoroughbred owner who owned several horses that competed in many Triple Crown races. His most famous horse, No Le Hace, placed second in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in 1972 and won the Arkansas and Louisiana Derbies that same year. A member of the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame, Straus' lobbying and financial contributions were a driving force in the effort to get pari-mutual betting returned to Texas in the 1980's. He died in 1984.
2009 McAllister Park Little League All-Stars
The 2009 McAllister Park Little League All-Stars was the first team in city history to qualify for the 12-13 Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. Ultimately they finished fourth, with fans in San Antonio watching on national television as McAllister won four and then lost the next two, placing second in the United States division. Players and coaches returned home to an airport welcome and a downtown river parade.