Brad Rock: Zelmo Beaty was a star from A to Z

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  • milner Centerfield Sanpete, UT
    Sept. 16, 2013 9:14 a.m.

    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!

  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    Sept. 11, 2013 11:53 a.m.

    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

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Sept. 11, 2013 10:09 a.m.

    They ought to hang a banner for Big Z in the Delta Center or whatever it's called this week.

  • Mountain Bird West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 11, 2013 9:10 a.m.

    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.

  • Renzelmo Fort Wayne, IN
    Sept. 10, 2013 10:15 a.m.

    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."

  • OnlyInUtah Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 10, 2013 7:14 a.m.

    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.