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Saturday, February 13, 2021

Los Angeles Legend Joe Caldwell

I interviewed Joe Caldwell several times many years ago, and I included his insights in an article about his life and career and also in an article about the art and science of NBA defense. Those articles focused primarily on the ABA and the NBA, with some discussion about Caldwell's achievements in college and as a member of the gold-medal winning Team USA squad in the 1964 Olympics. 

Caldwell also had a decorated high school career as one of the top athletes from the Los Angeles area. Caldwell attended Fremont High School, which was affiliated with The Southern League, a high school athletic conference of L.A. city schools from the 1950s through the 1980s. Caldwell is a member of the California Interscholastic Section (CIF)-Los Angeles Hall of Fame. The CIF-L.A. Hall of Fame video tribute to Caldwell notes that he won the 1960 City of Los Angeles Player of the Year award after averaging 24.8 ppg while leading Fremont to the city championship, and that Caldwell was a champion high jumper in high school.

Dennis Love, who has put together a website about The Southern League, informed me that Caldwell was inducted in the Southern League Hall of Fame in 2007. Love also stated that the Los Angeles Unified School District is putting together a district-wide Hall of Fame booklet that will recognize the Southern League Hall of Fame members. 

Love is trying to find a copy of Caldwell's autobiography Banned From Basketball. My understanding is that the book is out of print, but if anyone has an extra copy or knows where to buy one you can contact me or leave a message in the comments section of this article.

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