Bobby "Bingo" Smith

Induction Year: 2001 Sport: Basketball

One of the original Cleveland Cavaliers, Bingo Smith was obtained in to 1970 expansion draft form the San Diego Rockets who made him a first round choice in the previous year’s college draft. The ex-Tulsa University All-American became an instant hit in Cleveland with his
patented rainbow jumper often fired from the farthest reaches of an arena. Then, on his historic night in April, 1976 at the Richfield Coliseum, one of those long distance bombs was to come the most famous shot in Cavaliers history, a last-second three-pointer that earned the team its first-ever post-season playoff game victory. Immediately it was immortalized as “The Miracle of Richfield.” There were many other points scored by Smith as well, 9,513 in regular season games (fourth best total in Cleveland history) and 198 in post season play, in his nine-plus seasons with the Cavs, more than enough to merit retiring his No.7 jersey and his recent selection as one of the team’s top 12 players of all time. Traded back to San Diego in the 1979-80 season. He retired after that campaign and returned to Cleveland where he has devoted much of his time to working with youth groups in the Northeastern Ohio area.