George Crowe, a University of Indianapolis alumnus who was the last surviving former New York Rens player until his death last year, will be honored by the school this fall.
From the website of the university’s athletic department:
UIndy’s New Hall will be renamed Ray & George Crowe Hall in honor of legendary high school basketball coach Ray Crowe, a 1938 graduate, and his younger brother George, a 1943 graduate who became a barrier-breaking Major League Baseball player. The new name will take effect this fall, and a dedication ceremony is planned.
This news was also reported in a press release on the university’s main website.
The renaming and the ceremony have been planned in collaboration with the Crowe family, as reported in this piece by the Indianapolis Star, and confirmed with the university president’s office.
The university is aware of George Crowe’s pioneering role in pro basketball, though this history was not mentioned in the local media coverage of the planned dedication.