PLAYER PROFILE

BLACKIE TOWERY

STATISTICS & HISTORY

William “BLackie” Towery was a star football and basketball player at Shady Grove High School in Kentucky. Towery was a two-time All American at Western Kentucky University. T0wery  joined the Fort Wayne Pistons in 1941, the same year they joined the National Basketball League. Towery played for the Pistons for five and half seasons, interrupted by two years in the military during World War II. In the 1943-44 season, Fort Wayne won both the NBL and World Basketball Tournament championships. After the 19149-50 season with Baltimore in the National Basketball Association, Towery jumped to the National Professional Basketball League for the 1950-51 season. He joined veteran pro stars Bobby McDermott and George Glamack who had signed with the Grand Rapids Hornets in what turned out be an ill-fated decision by everyone involved. Just a few week into the season,  McDermott was banned by the league and  a short time later Glamack quit the team, leaving Towery as player-coach until the team disbanded at the end of December. Towery played with two other NPBL teams to finish our the season, which turned out to be his last in pro basketball.

 

BLACKIE TOWERY Height: 6:04 Weight: 210 College: Western Kentucky’41
William Carlisle Towney Born:    Jun 20, 1920      Died: Nov 25, 2012 Hometown: Shady Grove, Ky.
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1941-42 Fort Wayne NBL 24 64 35 163 6.8
1942-43 Fort Wayne NBL 23 53 33 53 .623 139 6.0
1943-44 Fort Wayne NBL 22 48 33 56 .589 129 5.9
1944-45 Fort Wayne NBL 1 0 1 1 1.0
1944-46 Military Service
1946-47 Fort Wayne NBL 41 100 80 134 .597 280 6.8
1947-48 Fort Wayne NBL 59 139 129 187 .690 407 6.9
1948-49 Fort WayneIndianapolis BAA 60 203 195 263 .741 171 601 10.0
1949-50 Baltimore NBA 68 222 153 202 .757 142 597 8.8
1950-51 Grand RapidsKansas CityEvansville NPBL 18 31 26 88 4.9
Major League Totals 269 743 617 2103 7.8
PLAYOFF RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1940-41 Indianapolis WBT 1 3 5 7 .714 11 11.0
1941-42 Fort Wayne NBL 6 17 13 47 7.8
1941-42 Fort Wayne WBT 1 3 1 3 .333 7 7.0
1942-43 Fort Wayne NBL 6 9 7 25 4.2
1942-43 Fort Wayne WBT 4 8 5 9 .556 21 5.3
1943-44 Fort Wayne NBL 5 14 3 31 6.2
1943-44 Fort Wayne WBT 3 8 4 10 .400 20 6.7
1946-47 Fort Wayne NBL 8 15 7 15 .467 37 4.6
1946-47 Fort Wayne WBT 3 6 6 11 .545 18 6.0
1947-48 Fort Wayne NBL 4 7 5 10 .500 19 4.8
1947-48 Fort Wayne WBT 1 2 1 2 .500 5 5.0
Major League Totals 42 92 57 241 5.7
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