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Lauren "Laddie" Gale

Enshrined 1977
Grants Pass, OR
April 22, 1917 - July 29, 1996

Biography

A leading figure in the development of West Coast basketball, Laddie Gale revolutionized the game by using a one-handed shot. This technique made the clever 6-foot-5 forward a valuable member of Hall of Fame coach Howard Hobson's University of Oregon Ducks. A star player for the "Tall Firs," Gale led Oregon to the first official NCAA Championship in 1939 and brought credibility relatively unknown to basketball in the Pacific Northwest. The superb-shooting Gale scored 815 points over two college seasons and was named a Helms Foundation All-America in 1939. He was selected to the All-Pacific Coast Conference First-Team in 1938 and 1939, the same years he led the conference in scoring. His 408 points as a senior surpassed the Pacific Coast Conference record previously held by Hall of Famer Hank Luisetti.

Career Highlights

All Pacific Coast Conference First-Team, 1938, 1939
Led Pacific Coast Conference in scoring, 1938, 1939
Helms Athletic Foundation All-America, 1939
NCAA Championship with Oregon, 1939