Bob Dille  was  a 4–time basketball letter winner at Chesterton High Shchool in Indiana. He also captained the team for  3 years, earned 4 baseball and 3 cross country letters. For the next half dozen years, he played amateur basketball on teams in Northern Indiana. In late February of 1941, Dille signed with the Hammond team in the National Basketball League and played in three late-season games. In the fall of 1941, Dille, married,with two small children and working full time, entered Valparaiso University as a freshman. While at the school he became the Indiana collegiate scoring champion,  a PIC magazine and Helms All- American in ’43, and a LOOK magazine All-American in ’43, ’44 and ’45. He was named to the Boston Garden all-star team ithe in 1944, and MVP of college all-star game. Dille played  professionally with the Detroit Falcons in the Basketball Association of America (an NBA forerunner) for one season and then coached high school basketball in Indiana for 31 years. In 1989, Dille was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.


BOB DILLE Height: 6:03 Weight: 200 College: Valparaiso’46
Robert Orville Dille Born:  Jul 2, 1917 Died:  Dec 10, 1998 Hometown: Chesterton, In.
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1936-37 Gary Club Sar AAU
1937-38 Chesterton Rangers AAU
19388-39 Chesterton Rangers AAU
19388-39 Chester Porter Feed AAU
1938-39 Valpo Kernals Indep
1939-40 Valpo Kernals Indep
1939-40 Gary Goodfellows Indep
1940-41 Chester Porter Feed Indep
1940-41 Jackson AC Indep
1940-41 Hammond NBL 3 8 3 19 6.3
1941-42 Chesterton Black Hawks AAU
1941-42 Northern Indiana Steelers Indep
1942-43 Valpariso (FRosh) College
1943-44 Valpariso College
1944-45 Valpariso College
1945-46 Valpariso College
1946-47  Detroit BAA 57 111 74 111 .667 40 296 5.2
Major League Totals 60 119 77 315 5.3
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1941-42 Northern Indiana Steelers WBT 1 3 8 8 1.000 14 14.0
Major League Totals 1 3 8 14 14.0


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