Did anyone in USC history accomplish more than Bill Sharman? An All-American in basketball, of course and conference MVP. Then he wins four NBA titles with the Boston Celtics and plays in eight all-star games. Then he becomes a coach and wins an NBA title with the Lakers in 1971-72, as the team goes 69-13 and wins a still-record 33 straight games.
But the part that really makes it interesting is that Sharman briefly played baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers and was in the dugout at the Polo Grounds when the Giants’ Bobby Thomson hit the famed, “Shot Heard ‘Round the World,” the homer that beat Brooklyn for the 1951 NL pennant. An amazing life. Maybe his name should be on the court at the Galen Center.