Lambert, Ward

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Lambert, Ward Gender: M
Ward Louis Lambert
born on 28 May 1888 at 16:00 (= 4:00 PM )
Place Deadwood, South Dakota, 44n23, 103w44
Timezone MST h7w (is standard time)
Data source
News report
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 07°58' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 24°22 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 29°06'

Ward Lambert


American basketball and baseball coach, nicknamed "Piggy," who wrote Practical Basketball in 1932, one of the first "bibles" of the game. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1960 and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

He served as the head basketball coach at Purdue University during the 1916–1917 season and from 1918 to 1946. Lambert was also the head baseball coach at Purdue in 1917, from 1919 to 1935, and from 1945 to 1946.

Following his retirement from Purdue, he served as Commissioner of the National Basketball League during the final three years (1946–1949) of that league's tenure and was instrumental in its merger with the Basketball Association of America to form the National Basketball Association.

Lambert Field, Purdue's former baseball stadium, is named for Lambert. He was listed as a scout for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball in 1948.

Lambert coached and mentored several future NCAA coaches; the most notable include John Wooden, Mel Taube, Blair Gullion, Emmett Lowery, Donald White, Jim Hinga and Ray Eddy.

Ward "Piggy" Lambert died on 20 January 1958, aged 69, in Lafayette, Indiana.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • (has as) protégé relationship with Hinga, Jim (born 17 December 1923)
  • (has as) protégé relationship with Wooden, John (born 14 October 1910)


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1932 ("Practical Basketball")
  • Death, Cause unspecified 20 January 1958 (Age 69)
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  • Work : Prize 1960 (Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame)
  • Work : Prize 2006 (National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided copy of birth notice, The Daily Deadwood Pioneer-Times (Deadwood, South Dakota), 29 May 1888, page 1.


  • Vocation : Sports Business : Coach/ Manager/ Owner (Basketball and baseball coach)
  • Vocation : Sports Business : Promoter/ Agent (Baseball scout)
  • Vocation : Sports Business : Other Sports Business (Basketball administrator)
  • Vocation : Writers : How To .... (Play basketball)
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame