Oscar Robertson

John Kiesewetter

The seats are gone -- removed and sold. The large porcelain CINCINNATI GARDENS letters erected for the 1949 opening have been promised to the American Sign Museum in Camp Washington.

And sometime in the not too distant future the Cincinnati Gardens arena ā€“ home of Oscar Robertson's NBA Cincinnati Royals, and the minor league Swords, Cyclones, Mohawks and Mighty Ducks ā€“ will be a pile of rubble.

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Most knew her as Loraine "Sis" Pohlkamp Wolf, wife of former Cincinnati Royals coach Charley Wolf and matriarch of the Wolf boys who dominated basketball and tennis courts here in the 1970s and '80sā€¦

Or as the grandmother proudly watching her "kiddos," the next generation of Wolf boys and girls playing basketball, volleyball or football at Mount Notre Dame and St. Xavier high schools.

But "Sis" Wolf, who died Tuesday at 87, was a national and local TV star in the early 1950s before marriage and motherhood.

John Kiesewetter

What are your favorite memories of the Cincinnati Gardens? We want to hear all about them.

John Kiesewetter

Was it a Cincinnati Royals game with Oscar Robertson and Jerry Lucas, or the Ice Capades? I can't remember the first time I went to the Cincinnati Gardens as a kid in the late 1950s or early 1960s.

It might have been for one of the big, showdown Middletown Middies-Hamilton Big Blue basketball games on my birthday in late February.

The Gardens ā€“ a special place for 67 years -- will be bought for $1.75-million and demolished by the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority.