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Bill Davis

San Jose YMCA
Inducted as a Contributor in 1992


By Sol Aber

Bill Davis rejuvenated the legendary San Jose Open Handball Tournament in the early 1960's.  It had fallen on hard times, but in order to keep one of the oldest tournament in the West going, he along with co-director Marv Snowbarger, organized and revamped the tournament  into a draw of over 200 players. It drew the best players in the western United States. It was renowned for it's famous hospitality and Saturday night chicken cookout.  Combined with the warm Labor Day San Jose weather, it became a venue for intense competition, as well as great family fun.

Bill Davis was also one of the first tournament directors to incorporate age group categories for the 40 and over groups. Bill ran the tournament for over 10 years.  He was also extremely involved in handball administration throughout the South Bay. Bill Davis lived and worked in Sunnyvale as a Lockheed engineer for many years. He was an avid player and enthusiast. Probably his best claim to fame was his outstanding square dance calling. He was considered one of the best callers this side of the Mississippi.

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