Gary Davidson

Gary L. Davidson (born August 13, 1934)[1] is an American lawyer and businessman who is based in Orange County, California.[1]

Gary Davidson
Born (1934-08-13) August 13, 1934 (age 86)
Known forWorld Football League (Founder)
World Hockey Association (Co-founder)
American Basketball Association (Co-founder)
Spouse(s)Kate Davidson
ChildrenTwo sons, two daughters, two stepsons

Davidson co-founded and served as the first president of the World Hockey Association and co-founded, with former Buena Park Mayor Dennis Murphy, the American Basketball Association. He also founded the World Football League where he was the league's first president and commissioner. He was a star basketball player at Garden Grove, Calif., High School and attended the University of Redlands, Calif. [2]


In 1973 and 1974, the Gary L. Davidson Award was presented to the most valuable player of the World Hockey Association.[3]

In 2010, Davidson was part of the initial group of individuals elected to the World Hockey Association Hall of Fame.[4]


  1. ^ "The Connecticut Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum - WHA Founder Gary Davidson Profiled in LA Times". Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
  2. ^ 39 Gary Davidson - 09.19.94 - SI Vault
  3. ^ - Awards and Individual Stats
  4. ^ "WHA Hall of Fame Members". Archived from the original on 2019-01-15. Retrieved 2013-09-11.