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Robert E. "Bob" Davies

Enshrined 1970
Harrisburg, PA
January 15, 1920 - April 22, 1990

Biography

Honored as the Sixth Greatest Player in the First Half Century by Sport magazine in 1970, Bob Davies stunned and amazed opponents with his deceptive slight-of-hand ball handling. Nicknamed the "Harrisburg Houdini," Davies made the extraordinary look simple. He would often use behind-the-back, through-the-legs, and over-the-head ball maneuvers. With his exciting repertoire of moves, Davies became a two-time All-America at Seton Hall, leading the team to 43 consecutive victories from 1939 to 1941. After a stint in the military, Davies brought his magic touch to the professional level, playing two seasons in the American Basketball League before embarking on a ten-year career with the Rochester Royals of the National Basketball League, the Basketball Association of America, and then the NBA, where he captured two titles in 1946 and 1951. By being named to the NBA's 25th Anniversary Team, Davies is considered one of the finest guards in basketball history.

Career Highlights

NBL MVP, 1947
All-NBA First Team, 1950, 1951, 1952
NBA All-Star Game, 1951-54
Known as the leading character in the Chip Hilton's Sports Stories for Young People authored by Clair Bee