Jim Krebs 1957 Minneapolis Lakers Original TYPE I photo Signed AUTO used for 1957 Topps Basketball Card

Jim Krebs (D. 1965 at age 29) He played 7 years in the NBA from 1958-64 after being the 3rd overall pick in the first round of the 1957 NBA draft. He died tragically at the age of 29 in an off season tree cutting accident. After his senior season at SMU, Krebs was selected by the Minneapolis Lakers with the third overall pick in the 1957 NBA Draft. He played with the Lakers (who moved to Los Angeles in 1960) for seven seasons, mostly in a reserve role behind Vern Mikkelsen, Larry Foust, or Rudy LaRusso. The team reached the NBA Finals three times (1959, 1962, and 1963), but lost each series to Bill Russell's Boston Celtics. Over his career, Krebs posted statistics of 8.0 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game, and 0.8 assists per game. His statistically strongest season occurred in 1961-62, when he averaged 10.0 points and 7.9 rebounds. Krebs occasionally struggled with foul trouble while in the NBA. He once ranked ninth in the league in personal fouls, and committed a playoff-record five fouls in one quarter during the fifth game of the 1963 NBA Finals. Krebs also engaged in several fights with opposing players, including Russell and St. Louis' Bob Pettit. Indeed, Russell once wrote, "Jim Krebs was known in the league as man who was willing to go beyond the rules in getting his man." Though he could be aggressive on the court, teammates described Krebs as fun-loving and charismatic. Los Angeles Times sportswriter Jim Murray once wrote, "Time and again I've seen him make a team that was about to cry, laugh."

On one evening in 1960, the Lakers' team plane experienced electrical problems and crashed into a field near Carroll, Iowa. All the passengers survived, and Krebs later wrote an account of the crash for Sports Illustrated. His article took a humorous tone. Describing a hearse which arrived at the scene, he wrote, "I'm positive I detected a slightly disappointed look when the driver found out everyone was all right." He also joked that his wife asked him, "Where have you been? Carol who?" when he called home to report what happened. On May 6, 1965, Krebs was suddenly killed while trying to remove a tree from his neighbor's yard. A limb from the tree struck him in the head as the tree was falling. His wife was pregnant with a son, who was born two months later. "Of all the lousy breaks for all of us," responded Jim Murray in his column.

Offered is a very rare team issued 8x10 (stamped on back) original TYPE 1 photo that has been signed in blue ink by Krebs. This is the image that was used for his 1957 Topps basketball card.

Super Awesome historic piece!!!

*NOTE* picture of card is for display purposes only.  Not included with this signed photo

Item: 12258

Price: $795.00
Jim Krebs 1957 Minneapolis Lakers Original TYPE I photo Signed AUTO used for 1957 Topps Basketball Card