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Oscar Robertson

Oscar Robertson
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Russell Hoban, 4 Feb 1925 - 13 Dec 2011
Oscar Palmer Robertson, born 24 Nov 1938
Casein on Masonite
Sight: 94.9 x 67.9cm (37 3/8 x 26 3/4")
Frame: 100.3 x 73.7 x 4.4cm (39 1/2 x 29 x 1 3/4")
Equipment\Sports Equipment\Basketball
Interior\Sports arena
Oscar Palmer Robertson: Male
Oscar Palmer Robertson: Sports and Recreation\Athlete\Basketball
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
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Few players in basketball history have rivaled the talent and versatility of the NBA All-Star known to fans as "The Big O." Averaging upwards of twenty-five points per game during fourteen stellar seasons with the Cincinnati Royals (1960-70) and the Milwaukee Bucks (1970-74), Oscar Robertson amassed a career record of 26,710 points to become the top-scoring guard of all time. His superb playmaking and rebounding skills coupled with his phenomenal ability to sink baskets from virtually anywhere on the court, made him both a defensive weapon and an offensive threat. Although some of his achievements have since been equaled or exceeded, Robertson continues to hold one of the most remarkable records in all of pro basketball, for he is the only player ever to have double digit averages in scoring, rebounding, and assists-a "triple-double"-throughout an entire season.
Collection Description
In 1978, Time magazine donated approximately eight hundred works of original cover art to the National Portrait Gallery. The museum is dedicated to telling the stories of individuals who have shaped the United States, and the Time Collection—featuring prominent international figures and events—enriches our understanding of the United States in a global context.
En 1978, la revista Time donó a la National Portrait Gallery cerca de 800 obras de arte originales creadas para sus portadas. Nuestro museo se dedica a narrar la historia de figuras que han contribuido a forjar el desarrollo de Estados Unidos, y es así que la Colección Time, que incluye retratos de importantes personalidades internacionales, nos ayuda a comprender mejor a nuestra nación en un contexto global.
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National Portrait Gallery