Willie Smith

Induction Year: 1976 Sport: Basketball

After starring with several Cleveland amateur league teams he was signed by the New York Renaissance in 1932 and played with them through the 1941-42 season. He started for the 1935 Rens team which set a pro record by winning 88 straight games, was picked as the top player on the 1937-38 team, and played on the first World’s Professional Championship team in 1939. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1964.