Feb. 10, 1905 Hopkinton Middlesex County Massachusetts, USA
Sep. 7, 1964 Cape Cod Barnstable County Massachusetts, USA
Professional Basketball Team Owner. A native of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, he was the owner of the Boston Celtics basketball team from 1946 to 1964, and owner of the Boston Bruins hockey team from 1947 to 1964. He also picked future basketball great Bob Cousy as a college draft pick. He attended Boston Latin from 1922 to 1923, and Philips Exeter Academy from 1923 to 1926, before becoming a sportsman. He first became involved in sports when he succeeded his father as manager of the Boston Garden, then helped found the Basketball Association of America, and helped emerge the organization into the National Basketball Association (NBA), in 1949. He also coached the Boston Olympics to five Eastern Hockey League Championships, guided the USA to its first gold medal in the Ice Hockey World Championships in 1933, and served as the President of the International Ice Hockey Federation from 1954 to 1957. The Walter A. Brown Trophy was established in his memory after his death in 1964. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a Builder in 1962, and posthumously into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1965.