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 William R. Gardner

William R. Gardner

Birth
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Death 28 Sep 2000 (aged 66)
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Burial Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Plot Pine Mausoleum, F-3
Memorial ID 12778 · View Source
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Professional Basketball Player. Member, Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. A basketball, baseball and football star at tradition-rich Indianapolis Crispus Attucks High School, Gardner began playing for the Harlem Globetrotters soon after his graduation in 1954. A 6-9 forward, he was known as "Wee Willie Gardner" and led the Globetrotters to the championship in 2 World Series of Basketball against a group of College All-Americans. He was named the Series' Most Valuable Player in 1956 and 1957, playing against foes that included future NBA stars Bob Pettit, Johnny Kerr, Cliff Hagan, Richie Guerin, Gene Shue, Frank Ramsey and Bob "Slick" Leonard. After three seasons with the Globetrotters, he signed a two-year contract with the New York Knicks and was averaging 28 points and 18 rebounds per game during the exhibition season when a heart impairment was found that forced his premature retirement before he could play a regular season game.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 6 Oct 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12778
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William R. Gardner (30 Oct 1933–28 Sep 2000), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12778, citing Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .