Chuck Taylor: Basketball player turned master shoe salesman
details about the life and the influence of Chuck Taylor on the game of
basketball can be found in the book "Chuck Taylor, All Star" (ISBN
0-253-34698-3), available from the
Indiana University Press
or your favorite bookseller.
story of Charles
H. ("Chuck") Taylor, Hoosier, basketball player,
and master shoe salesman:
- 1901 - Born in Indiana.
- 1908 - Marquis M. Converse started the "Converse
- 1917 - Converse Rubber Company brought out a shoe very much like today's
- 1921 - Converse hired Chuck Taylor from the Akron Firestone Non-Skids basketball
team. Chuck Taylor conducted basketball clinics for Converse.
- 1932 - Chuck Taylor got his signature on the basketball shoe now
associated with his name.
- World War II - Chuck coaches the Army Air Forces "Air-Tecs" basketball
team at Wright Field, Ohio.
- 1958 - Inducted into the National Sporting Goods Hall of Fame.
- 1968 - Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
- 1969 - Passed away, probably as his namesake basketball shoe reached the
height of its popularity.
Here are some of the shoes with Chuck's name on them:
Chuck Taylor rumors I've heard, and what I found out about them:
- Chuck Taylor was the basketball coach at
- No, but another man named Chuck Taylor played football at
Stanford in 1943, later to become football coach from 1951-1957. Chuck
Taylor of Stanford football fame passed away in 2004 at the age of 74.
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