Elgin Baylor

Elgin Gay Baylor (born September 16, 1934 in Washington, DC) was one of the most graceful and acrobatic forwards to ever play the game of basketball playing 13 seasons for the NBA's Minneapolis and Los Angeles Lakers.

Elgin Baylor played college basketball at the College of Idaho and Seattle University, leading the SU Chieftains to the NCAA championship game in 1958 (where they lost to the Kentucky Wildcats). Following his junior season, Baylor joined the Minneapolis Lakers for the 1958-1959 season and moving with them to Los Angeles in 1960.

In 1959, Baylor won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award and from the 1960-61 to the 1962-63 seasons, he averaged 34.8, 38.3 and 34.0 points per game, leading the Lakers to the NBA Finals eight times (although never winning). Baylor was a 10-time All-NBA First Team selection and went to the NBA All-Star Game 11 times.

Baylor began to be hampered with knee problems during the 1963-64 season and, while still a very powerful force, was never quite the same player, never averaging above 30 points per game again. During Baylor's career, the Lakers were a consistently powerful team, but were continuously overshadowed by the Boston Celtics dynasty of the time.

Baylor finally retired during the 1971-72 season because of his nagging knee problems. His retirement resulted in two great ironies. First, the Lakers' next game after his retirement was the first of an NBA record of 33 consecutive wins. Second, the Lakers went on to win the NBA Championship that season, something that Baylor never achieved. He finished his career with an astonishing 23,149 points, 3,650 assists and 11,463 rebounds over 846 games.

In 1974, Baylor was hired to be an assistant coach and later the head coach for the New Orleans Jazz, but had a lackluster 86-135 record and retired following the 1978-79 season. In 1986, Baylor was hired by the Los Angeles Clippers as the team's vice president of basketball operations, where he still is today.

In 1977, Baylor was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame and in 1980 he was named to the NBA 35th Anniversary All-Time Team and again in 1996, he was named to the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.

Baylor ranked #11 on SLAM Magazine's Top 75 NBA Players of all time in 2003.


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He finished his career with an astonishing 23,149 points, 3,650 assists and 11,463 rebounds over 846 games. In Brazil, there is no such day as Valentine's Day. Second, the Lakers went on to win the NBA Championship that season, something that Baylor never achieved. In Persian Culture (Iran) this popular date is discreetly celebrated by most lovers despite the disapproval of such occasion by the hardline Islamic government as a copycat of the west, but Persian youths and adults manage to celebrate following the traditions of the west disregarding the limitations and restrictions imposed by the government. First, the Lakers' next game after his retirement was the first of an NBA record of 33 consecutive wins. (A slightly different version of this day is celebrated in Japan as Tanabata, on July 7th (the same day, but transcribed to the solar calendar)). His retirement resulted in two great ironies. It is called "The Night of Sevens", on the 7th day of the 7th month of the lunar calendar; the last one being August 11, 2005 [2].

Baylor finally retired during the 1971-72 season because of his nagging knee problems. In Chinese Culture, there is a similar counterpart of the Valentine's Day. During Baylor's career, the Lakers were a consistently powerful team, but were continuously overshadowed by the Boston Celtics dynasty of the time. In Korea, there is also an additional Black Day, held on April 14, when males who did not receive anything for Valentine's Day gather together to eat Jajangmyun (Chinese-style noodles in black sauce). Baylor began to be hampered with knee problems during the 1963-64 season and, while still a very powerful force, was never quite the same player, never averaging above 30 points per game again. However, more recently men have taken the name to a different meaning, thus lingerie is quite a common gift. Baylor was a 10-time All-NBA First Team selection and went to the NBA All-Star Game 11 times. Originally the return gift was supposed to be white chocolate or marshmallows (hence the name "White Day").

In 1959, Baylor won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award and from the 1960-61 to the 1962-63 seasons, he averaged 34.8, 38.3 and 34.0 points per game, leading the Lakers to the NBA Finals eight times (although never winning). Many men, however, give only to their girlfriends. Following his junior season, Baylor joined the Minneapolis Lakers for the 1958-1959 season and moving with them to Los Angeles in 1960. On this day (March 14), men are supposed to return the favour by giving something to those who gave them chocolates on Valentine's Day. Elgin Baylor played college basketball at the College of Idaho and Seattle University, leading the SU Chieftains to the NCAA championship game in 1958 (where they lost to the Kentucky Wildcats). By a further marketing effort, a reciprocal day, called White Day has emerged. Elgin Gay Baylor (born September 16, 1934 in Washington, DC) was one of the most graceful and acrobatic forwards to ever play the game of basketball playing 13 seasons for the NBA's Minneapolis and Los Angeles Lakers. This chocolate is known as giri-choco (義理チョコ), in Japan, from the words giri (obligation) and choco, a common short version of chokorēto (チョコレート), meaning chocolate.

Rather than being voluntary however, this has become for many women – especially those who work in offices – an obligation, and they give chocolates to all their male co-workers, sometimes at significant personal expense. In Japan and Korea, Valentine's Day has emerged, thanks to a concentrated marketing effort, as a day on which women give candy to men they like. Valentine. Nickelodeon was widely criticized for attempting to evade the Christian connotations concerning the Catholic St.

Valentine's Day special, yet was referring to the holiday as "Love Day". Controversy was brought forth on 11 February 2003 when Nickelodeon aired an episode of Blue's Clues that was an obvious St. Those without a significant other often speak with sarcasm by referring to Valentine's Day as "Singles' Awareness Day". The day has come to be associated with a generic platonic greeting of "Happy Valentine's Day.".

In 1929 due to tensions between gangs in Chicago, members of a gang led by Al Capone killed several members of Bugs Moran's gang in what became known as the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre. Starting in the 1980s, the diamond industry began to promote Valentine's Day as an occasion for giving fine jewelry. Such gifts typically include roses and chocolates. In the United States in the second half of the 20th century, the practice of exchanging cards was extended to include the giving of all manner of gifts, usually from a man to a woman.

(Since 2001, the Greeting Card Association has been giving an annual "Esther Howland Award for a Greeting Card Visionary".). Her father operated a large book and stationery store, and she took her inspiration from an English valentine she had received. In the United States, the first mass-produced valentines of embossed paper lace were produced and sold shortly after 1847 by Esther Howland (1828 – 1904) of Worcester, Massachusetts. Valentine's Day was probably imported into North America in the 19th century with settlers from Britain.

In most versions of these legends, February 14 is the date associated with his martyrdom. Among the legends are ones that assert that:. Valentine were invented during this period. It is probable that many of the legends about St.

A 14th century valentine is said to be in the collection of the British Library.
It was common during that era for lovers to exchange notes on this day and to call each other their "Valentines". This belief is mentioned in Geoffrey Chaucer's Parlement of Foules (1381). Valentine's Day with romantic love was in the 14th century in England and France, where February 14 was traditionally the day on which birds paired off to mate.

The first recorded association of St. Hoeller assesses Valentinius on the subject : "In addition to baptism, anointing, eucharist, the initiation of priests and the rites of the dying, the Valentinian Gnosis mentions prominently two great and mysterious sacraments called "redemption" (apolytrosis) and "bridal chamber" respectively" [1]. Stephan A. In his teachings, the marriage bed assumed a central place in his version of Christian love, an emphasis sharply in contrast with the asceticism of mainstream Christianity.

The influential Gnostic teacher Valentinius was a candidate for Bishop of Rome in 143. Valentine's Day as an official holiday from its calendar. In 1969, as part of a larger effort to pare down the number of saint days of purely legendary origin, the Church removed St. Valentine were donated by Pope Gregory XVI to the Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church in Dublin, Ireland, which has become a popular place of pilgrimage on February 14.

In the 19th century, relics of St. There is a widespread legend that he created the day to counter the practice held on Lupercalia of young men and women pairing off as lovers by drawing their names out of an urn, but this practice is not attested in any sources from that era. Valentine was first declared to be on February 14 by Pope Gelasius I in 496. The feast of St.

Valentine and romantic love is not mentioned in any early histories and is regarded by secular historians as purely a matter of legend (see below). The connection between St. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia (1908), at least three different Saints Valentine, all of them martyrs and all quite obscure, are mentioned in the early martyrologies under the date of February 14:. Young women especially would come forth voluntarily for the occasion, in the belief that being so touched would render them fruitful and bring easy childbirth.

As part of the purification ritual, the priests of Lupercus would sacrifice goats to the god, and after drinking wine, they would run through the streets of Rome holding pieces of the goat skin above their heads, touching anyone they met. In Ancient Rome, the day of February 15 was Lupercalia, the festival of Lupercus, the god of fertility, who was represented as half-naked and dressed in goat skins. In the calendar of Ancient Athens, the period between mid January and mid February was the month of Gamelion, which was dedicated to the sacred marriage of Zeus and Hera. The association of the middle of February with love and fertility dates to ancient times.

. The association also estimates that women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines. The Greeting Card Association estimates that, world-wide, approximately one billion valentine cards are sent each year, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas. Since the 19th century, the practice of hand writing notes has largely given way to the exchange of mass-produced greeting cards.

The day is now most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of "valentines." Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline and the figure of the winged Cupid. The day's associations with romantic love arrived after the High Middle Ages, during which the concept of romantic love was formulated. The history of Valentine's day can be traced back to a Catholic Church feast day, in honor of Saint Valentine. Valentine's Day falls on February 14, and is the traditional day on which lovers in certain cultures let each other know about their love, commonly by sending Valentine's cards, which are often anonymous.

St. Valentine secretly helped arrange marriages. During a ban on marriages of Roman soldiers by the Emperor Claudius II, St. Valentine was to be martyred for being a Christian, he passed a love note to his jailer's daughter which read, "From Your Valentine.".

On the evening before St. a martyr in North Africa, about whom little else is known. a bishop of Interamna (modern Terni) also suffered martyrdom in the second half of the 3rd century and was also buried on the Via Flaminia, but in a different location than the priest. a priest in Rome who suffered martyrdom in the second half of the 3rd century and was buried on the Via Flaminia.

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