William Morse "Bill" Davidson, J. D.
(December 5, 1922 – March 13, 2009) was an American businessman who was President, Chairman and CEO of Guardian Industries
, one of the world's largest manufacturers of architectural and automotive glass
. He was also owner of several North American professional sports teams and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
He was also the chairman of Palace Sports and Entertainment
, and he is principal owner of the Detroit Pistons
of the NBA
, the Detroit Shock
of the WNBA
, the co-owner of the Detroit Fury
of the Arena Football League
, and the former owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning
of the NHL
and Detroit Vipers
of the IHL
. His Pistons won the 1989
, and 2004 NBA Finals
; his Shock won the 2003, 2006 and 2008 WNBA Finals
; his Vipers won the 1997 Turner Cup
; Tampa Bay Lightning won the 2004 Stanley Cup
, making him the only owner in professional sports history whose teams have won an NBA Championship
and a Stanley Cup
in the same year.
native, Davidson was born to a Jewish
family on December 5, 1922; he was a 1940 graduate of Central High School
. Davidson entered the University of Michigan
in 1940, where he was a member of the track and field team; he majored in business at what is now the Ross School of Business
. Davidson later joined the U.S. Navy and played Armed Forces Football during World War II.
Following the war, Davidson garnered his law degree from Wayne State......