I fondly remember attending Stars games. Zelmo, Willie Wise, Ron Boone, Red
Robbins, Glen Combs and other players brought the best basketball excitement
imaginable to our mid-sized town. I loved attending games whenever I could.
I hadn't heard that Zelmo had passed away. Sad to hear. He
was the town hero in the days before Stockton and Malone.
Thank you, Brad, for the stories about Zelmo Beaty, my boyhood idol and
namesake. I listened to St. Louis Hawk games on KMOX and snuck the NBA guide
into my school in Huntington, Indiana. I didn't have access to much
non-numerical information on Zelmo and never saw him play, but in this
child's imagination he was a great player and better man. My imagination
was pretty accurate it turns out. Old basketball cards of "Z" became
familar and welcome birthday gifts from my wife and kids. I have a cherished
autographed 8x10 of Zelmo in action. I only regret I wasn't there when he
signed it so I could have told him personally how instrumental he was in my
life. Like Zelmo, I lost a father early in life. I was an undersized center for
my 8th grade basketball team and understood that well-placed elbows would be
needed in basketball, and life, but that being a gentleman was paramount. This
scrawny white and now wizened kid nicknamed "Zelmo" wants to tell you
now, "Thank you, Zelmo, rest in peace, brother. Take care, Annie and thank
you for sharing him with his many fans."
Without Zelmo Beaty there wouldn't be a Utah Jazz, of this I am certain.
He made the Stars into ABA Champs, filled the seats and showed the New Orleans
Jazz that if they moved the team, SLC could support it. Thanks Big Z!!! Your
poster hung on my bedroom wall along side Willie Wise and Ron Boone throughout
my teenage years.
They ought to hang a banner for Big Z in the Delta Center or whatever it's
called this week.
Utah needs to have a Zelmo Beaty day. I remember watching him play and he was
always solid. He and the Ut. Stars planted the idea that SLC could be a major
league city. He deserves a statue with karl and stockton
Zelmo was great and so were the Stars! The ticket prices were low enough that
the average fan could actually aford to buy a ticket! Only major pro team to win
a championship in Utah!