Carlisle Towery

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Carlisle Towery
Personal information
Born (1920-06-20)June 20, 1920
Died November 25, 2012(2012-11-25) (aged 92)
Marion, Kentucky
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Shady Grove
(Shady Grove, Kentucky)
College Western Kentucky (1938–1941)
Playing career 1941–1950
Position Power forward / Center
Career history
1941–1948 Fort Wayne Pistons
1948–1949 Indianapolis Jets
1949–1950 Baltimore Bullets

William Carlisle Towery (June 20, 1920 – November 25, 2012), nicknamed "Blackie" or "Big Boy",[1] was an American basketball player.

A 6'5" (1.96 m) forward-center, Towery played for the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers from 1938 to 1941. He was a two-time All-America selection and the first Hilltopper to score 1,000 points. He also led the Hilltoppers to three Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles.[2]

After graduating, Towery began his professional career with the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons of the National Basketball League. He played three seasons with the Pistons before entering military service in World War II, where he earned a Bronze Star as an infantryman.[2] He then returned to the Pistons in 1946, and remained with the team as they joined the Basketball Association of America (the modern NBA) in 1948. Towery spent half a season with the Pistons in the BAA, and later served stints for the Indianapolis Jets and Baltimore Bullets. When he retired from basketball in 1950, he had scored 2,317 combined NBL/NBA points.[3]

In 2003, Western Kentucky University retired his #42 college jersey. He became the sixth Hilltopper to receive such honors.[2] Towery died on November 25, 2012 at the age of 92.[4]


  1. ^ "Carlisle Towery Interview". Archived from the original on 2008-05-14. Retrieved 2008-01-13.  at Hilltopper Haven. Retrieved on January 13, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c Danny Schoenbaechler. "Men's Basketball: 'It's an honor and I'm speechless'[permanent dead link]". College Heights Herald. February 25, 2003. Retrieved on November 25, 2012.
  3. ^ The Official NBA Encyclopedia. New York: Doubleday, 2000. 784.
  4. ^ Area deaths. The Crittenden Press. November 25, 2012. Retrieved on November 25, 2012.