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Oswald Tower

Enshrined 1959
North Adams, MA
November 23, 1883 - May 28, 1968


A 50-year member of the National Basketball Rules Committee, Oswald Tower played a central role in basketball's development in the first half of the twentieth century. Officiating both high school football and basketball for more than 35 years, he worked toward creating a uniform set of basketball rules and popularizing basketball along the East Coast. From 1915 to 1959, Tower served as editor of the Official Basketball Guide and was an official rules interpreter. In 1942, as part of the celebration of basketball's first half century, Tower was awarded the Harold M. Gore Award, an honor granted to the individual who contributed the most to the game.

Career Highlights

Member, Basketball Rules Committee, 1910-60
Editor, Official Basketball Guide, 1915-60
Official rules interpreter, 1915-60
Basketball coach, Wilbraham (MA) Academy, 1907-10