Garrett, Bill

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Garrett, Bill Gender: M
William Leon Garrett
born on 4 April 1929 at 20:35 (= 8:35 PM )
Place Shelbyville, Indiana, 39n31, 85w47
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 14°49' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 16°05 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 14°29'


American basketball player, coach and college administrator, who was the first African-American to play on the Indiana University basketball team and also the first to regularly start on a Big Ten team. He was named an All-American in 1951, his senior season. He was selected by the Boston Celtics in the second round of the NBA draft, becoming the third black player ever drafted by an NBA team.

Shortly thereafter, Garrett was called into military duty. After two years in the U.S. Army, Garrett returned home to find that he had been cut from the Celtics, and he began playing for the Harlem Globetrotters. Following his stint with the Globetrotters, he taught and coached basketball.

Garrett was assistant dean for student services at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis at the time of his death from a heart attack on 7 August 1974, at the age of 45. Garrett was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1974.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Wilson, Jumping Johnny (born 7 July 1927). Notes: Harlem Globetrotters teammates, 1953-1954


  • Work : Prize 1974 (Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate from Indiana archives.


  • Traits : Body : Race (Black)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Heart disease/attack
  • Vocation : Education : Administrator
  • Vocation : Sports : Basketball
  • Vocation : Sports Business : Coach/ Manager/ Owner (Basketball coach and teacher)
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (Indiana Basketball)