Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Bill Tom Closs

William Thomas "Bill Tom" Closs

January 8, 1922
Edge, TX

June 6, 2011
Palo Alto, CA

1936-37 Hearne High School - Texas (High School)
1937-38 Hearne High School - Texas (High School)
1938-39 Hearne High School - Texas (High School)
1940-41 Rice University (College)
1941-42 Rice University (College)
1942-43 Rice University (College)
1946-47 Indianapolis Kautskys (NBL)
1947-48 Indianapolis Kautskys (NBL)
1947-48 Houston Mavericks (PBLA) Player / Head coach
1948-49 Anderson Duffey Packers (NBL)
1949-50 Anderson Duffey Packers (NBA)
1950-51 Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1951-52 Fort Wayne Pistons (NBA)

Closs was born to William and Lillian Closs in Edge, Texas. He went to Rice on an athletic scholarship before joining the U.S. Marines, serving in the Pacific during World War 2. He played
basketball professionally for six years after his military service. After his playing career, he enjoyed a long successful career in the business world, founding United Sporting Goods, and later moved to work with Adidas.

He was married to Virginia (1923-2018) for 65 years, and had three children; Bill, Linda and Libby.



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