- About Us
- Detroit Historical Museum
- Dossin Great Lakes Museum
- Things To Do
- Ways To Give
Encyclopedia Of Detroit
Born in Washington, D.C. on November 24, 1943, basketball star Dave Bing was elected as Detroit’s 62nd mayor on May 5, 2009.
Bing’s basketball career began in high school, when he made the All-American team. He attended Syracuse University, where he led the team in scoring for three consecutive years. In his senior year, he was named to The Sporting News All-America First Team and was named Syracuse Athlete of the Year.
He joined the NBA’s Detroit Pistons in 1966 as the second overall pick in the NBA draft. He went on to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award. During his professional basketball career, Bing played in seven All-Star games and was twice named to the All-NBA First Team. He is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
After his basketball career ended, Bing founded a successful business in Detroit – The Bing Group. The manufacturing company works primarily in the areas of steel processing and metal forming.
On October 16, 2008, Bing announced that he would run for election as the mayor of Detroit, to complete the term left vacant when former Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick resigned. On May 5, 2009, Bing defeated interim Mayor Ken Cockrel, Jr. to win the office.
He was re-elected to a full term in November 2009.