Rice Institute Owls basketball player Bill Tom Closs #22
Dateundated ca. 1943
Black and white photograph of Rice Institute Owls basketball player Bill Tom Closs (number 22), class of 1943, accompanied by text headlining his achievement and entry into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: Bill Tom Closs (1943) was outstanding in one of Rice’s greatest athletic eras – the champion basketball teams of the early and middle 40’s. Sharing honors first with “Bat ‘Em Bob” Kinney (1942) then “Big Bill” Henry (1945), both inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1970, Bill Tom was selected SWC All-Conference all three years of his competition. He made Helms Foundation All-American in his senior year. After three wars years in the Marines, he played pro ball for six years with Indianapolis, Philadelphia and Fort Wayne. Bill Tom came to Rice for a BS degree from Hearne High School. He is now president-owner of two corporations which are wholesale distributors-importers of sporting goods, with headquarters in Santa Clara, California. He is active in World Trade Club affairs in San Francisco and in youth-aid programs. He can be counted on to be in the front rank whenever the Owls invade the West Coast.
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