Pacers hosting celebration of life for Slick Leonard on May 12
Attendance will be limited to 1,500; tickets go on sale May 7. It will be streamed live.
Pacers legend Slick Leonard will be celebrated at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday, May 12 at what the organization is calling “Boom Baby! The Life and Times of Bobby “Slick” Leonard.”
Attendance is limited to 1,500 due to COVID-19 proctors, and these in-demand tickets will go on sale Friday, May 7 at 10 a.m. ET. They will cost $5.29 each — for his 529 wins, the most in franchise history — with all proceeds going directly to the Dropping Dimes Foundation, which assists former ABA players.
If you cannot make it or are unstable to secure a ticket, the organization will stream the event live. Mark Boyle, his close friend and radio partner for the past 27 years, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. They started together during the 1994 NBA Playoffs.
“While we continue to mourn his passing and miss his always colorful presence, we look forward to offering a public farewell to one of the most impactful figures in our state’s basketball history,” Pacers Sports & Entertainment President/COO Rick Fuson said in a statement.
“We also want to offer up one last ‘Boom Baby’ in Slick’s honor.”
Slick passed away on the morning of April 13th. He lived a good life, a friend to all, for 88 years.
And up until then, including two days earlier, he was still calling in to be on the Pacers Radio Network for each game — part of the pregame, halftime and postgame shows.
It’s unfortunate The Fieldhouse cannot be sold out with the roaring crowd Slick deserves. However, the team will be in town, between home games against the 76ers and Bucks during the final week of the regular season.
His family chose to have a private calling and funeral services last month. The Hall of Fame man, player, coach and broadcaster was laid to rest at Southlawn Cemetery in South Bend on April 22.
Almost six years ago, the organization held a public memorial service for Hall of Famer Mel Daniels and Slick, his coach, was one of the speakers.