William W. Reynolds ’68
Year Inducted: 2006
Reynolds was an outstanding basketball player and co-captain of the 1967-68 Brown quintet. His 909 career points ranked seventh at the time. He was elected to the All-Decade Team for January’s 100 seasons of Brown Basketball Celebration. A third generation Brunonian, Reynolds’s father, William D. Reynolds, graduated in 1937 and his grandfather William W. Reynolds, Class of 1907, was elected to the basketball All-Decade Team, having captained the 1906-07 team.
After graduating in 1968 with a degree in English, Reynolds taught English for three years at Barrington High School, his other alma mater. After freelance writing, he joined the Providence Journal as a reporter in 1981, followed by sports writing and finally as a sports columnist. Reynolds has covered Larry Bird and the Celtics, Roger Clemens and the Red Sox as well Tom Brady and the Patriots. He has also covered the World Series, the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and the Final Four.
Reynolds is a prolific writer and has authored eight books on sports, most recently Cousy with Celtics legend, Bob Cousy. He is a writer for all seasons but basketball is clearly his passion. Through his life experiences as a self-proclaimed “basketball junkie”, Reynolds draws his reader into the beauty, complexity and symmetry of the sport as well as its addictive psychological impact on those who pursue it.
His writing is powerful, incisive, poignant, penetrating and thought provoking. It is full of wit and irony and challenges the reader to think about the larger issues surrounding sport and society. His popular weekly “For What It’s Worth” column ranges over the entire court, providing one-liners and food for thought on society and the contemporary human condition.
Reynolds has been a fixture on the Brown basketball scene since the 1950’s, when he began sitting under the basket at Marvel Gym. He can still be found at noon pickup games at the “Pitz,” shooting his patented jump shot and playing the game he loves.