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Lynn W. St. John

Enshrined 1962
Union City, PA
November 18, 1876 - September 30, 1950

Biography

A strong advocate of amateur basketball, Lynn St. John lobbied for formal national and international basketball rules for nearly three decades. A formidable administrator and a "master of diplomacy." St. John was appointed to the NCAA Basketball Rules Committee in 1912, a position he held for 25 years, the last eighteen as chairman. He served as a member of the 1936 Basketball Olympic Committee, and played an active role during the inaugural Olympic competition. The basketball arena at Ohio State University, where St. John coached (1912-1919) and later served as director of athletics (1915-47), is named in his honor.

Career Highlights

Lobbied for formal national and international rules for amateur basketball for three decades
Served on NCAA Rules Committee along with James Naismith, 1912-37
Chairman, Rules Committee, 1919-37
Member, Olympic Basketball Committee, 1936