Celebrating this week are two former Trail Blazers, one current Blazer and one ex-major leaguer from Portland


  • Sept. 19, 1946

    Ron Lolich (age 71)

    The Portland native and cousin of MLB pitcher Mickey Lolich played right field for the Chicago White Sox (1971) and Cleveland Indians (1972-73).

    Sept. 19, 1949

    Sidney Wicks (age 68)

    From Los Angeles and UCLA, the 6-8, 225-pound power forward was the No. 2 overall pick, by the Trail Blazers, in the 1971 NBA draft. He was an All-Star from 1972-75, averaging 22.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game in five seasons with Portland. He was sold to the Boston Celtics before the 1976-77 season and played in the NBA through 1981, winding up with the San Diego Clippers.

    Sept. 20, 1950

    Dave Twardzik (age 67)

    From Middletown, Pa., Twardzik came out of Old Dominion as a 6-1 point guard who would go from the American Basketball Association to the Blazers (who drafted him in 1972) in 1976. Portland won the NBA title during his first season with the club. He went on to do broadcasting and front-office work with the Blazers before a long career in coaching and management for other NBA teams.

    Sept. 19, 1991

    CJ McCollum (age 26)

    The 6-3 guard from Canton, Ohio, and Lehigh was the NBA's Most Improved Player of the 2015-16 season. A first-round draft pick (10th overall) in 2013, he scored 23.0 points per game in 2016-17.

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