Mar. 7, 1922 Granite City Madison County Illinois, USA
Apr. 28, 2001 Rancho Mirage Riverside County California, USA
Hall of Fame Professional Basketball Player. He was an All-American player at the University of Illinois in both his sophomore and junior year. He served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and then returned to Illinois to complete his senior year. He started his National Basketball Association career in 1947 and was on 5 all-star teams playing with the Chicago Stags, Philadelphia Warriors, Fort Wayne Pistons and the Boston Celtics. He led the NBA in assists from 1950-1952. It was during 1952 that he became the first NBA player to reach 500 assists in a single season. In 1956 he joined the Boston Celtics and one year later helped them to their first of 16 championships. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1961.