Gary Davidson

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Gary Davidson
Born (1934-08-13) August 13, 1934 (age 83)
Citizenship American
Occupation Businessman
Known for World Football League (Founder)
World Hockey Association (Co-founder)
American Basketball Association (Co-founder)
Spouse(s) Kate Davidson
Children Two sons, two daughters, two stepsons

Gary L. Davidson (born August 13, 1934)[1] is an American lawyer and businessman who is based in Orange County, California.[1]

Davidson co-founded and served as the first president of the World Hockey Association and co-founded, with former Buena Park Mayor Dennis Murphy, the American Basketball Association. He also founded the World Football League where he was the league's first president and commissioner. He was a star basketball player at Garden Grove, Calif., High School and attended the University of Redlands, Calif. [2]


In 1973 and 1974, the Gary L. Davidson Award was presented to the most valuable player of the World Hockey Association.[3]

In 2010, Davidson was part of the initial group of individuals elected to the World Hockey Association Hall of Fame.[4]