Jim Krebs Night at Roberts Gym: January 15, 2010
January 15th was “Jim Krebs Night” in Roberts Gymnasium, honoring the 1952-53 Statesmen basketball team. The 52-53 team went the final four in the 1953 State Championship playoffs, and went home with the third place title. The Statesmen were undefeated going into the final four, but were defeated in their first game putting them in the third place game. The team was lead by Webster Groves only All-American basketball player and only NBA player, Jim Krebs. Jim scored 61 points in the third place game, a Missouri state record that still stands today. Krebs was drafted in the first round by the Minneapolis Lakers where he played all seven of his seasons in the NBA, and was there when the team moved to Los Angeles. Tragically, in the off season after his seventh year in the league, Krebs was killed in an accident while helping a neighbor move a tree after a storm. Jim’s death was a tragic loss all across the city of Webster Groves. On the 15th, four players from the 1952-53 team as well as Jim’s sister and nephew came in from around the country to be honored at the game. The Statesmen put on a show for the former team, beating Seckman by 50 points. Every player off the Statesmen bench played in the game, and 11 of them scored. During halftime of the game, Coach Blossom assisted Jim’s sister to mid court for the unveiling of a banner placed at the north end of the gym honoring Jim and the entire 1952-53 team.