Jim Pollard

Lakers' history: 1960 emergency landing in an Iowa cornfield

Back in January of 1960, the Minneapolis Lakers nearly met disaster as their chartered DC-3 met with electrical failure. In a clip from a 2010 episode of True NBA, the late Jim Huber narrates the story of how the Lakers plane nearly went down "in the midst of a Midwestern blizzard." "It started getting cold on the plane," said "Hot" Rod Hundley. "The plane was in trouble." Trying to find their way back home from a Sunday afternoon game in St. Louis, the Lakers nearly lost interim coach Jim Pollard as well as Elgin Baylor, Tommy Hawkins, Hundley and six other players. "For a time," co-pilot Harold Gifford told the L.A. Times from his...