Edward J. Hickox in front of Basketball Hall of Fame cornerstone
This is a photo of Edward J. Hickox, Springfield College Basketball Coach, behind a cornerstone that says '1961'. Hickox appears to be wearing what looks like a black robe, writing on a piece of paper on a table with people a couple rows behind him. This is the Cornerstone for the original Basketball Hall of Fame that was built on the Campus of Springfield College.
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Edward Hickox graduated from Springfield College in 1914, and in 1926 began his 16-year coaching career for the College’s men’s basketball team (compiling a 209-85 record). He also served as director of athletics. Hickox served on the National Basketball Rules Committee and was chairman for the last three years. He was a charter member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, was its president, and was its 1949 Man of the Year. In 1949, Hickox volunteered to be the executive secretary of the nonexistent basketball hall of fame. His contributions laid the groundwork for building the first Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on the campus of Springfield College. Unfortunately, Hickox, who died in 1966, did not live to see the building’s opening, which took place in 1968.