Chuck Taylor, All Star: The True Story of the Man Behind the by Abraham Aamidor

By Abraham Aamidor

His is the identify at the label of the mythical communicate All-Star basketball shoe. notwithstanding the shoe has been worn by way of 1000s of thousands, few, if any, recognize a specific thing concerning the guy at the back of the identify. a few even think that there's no such individual, that he's a marketer's fabrication like Betty Crocker. yet "Chuck Taylor" used to be greater than a rubber-soled, double-wall canvas-body shoe with a round ankle patch, with a vibrant blue celebrity within the heart and a signature throughout it. He won't were a Michael Jordan, yet Chuck Taylor did earn the appropriate to be the face at the back of the preferred shoe in basketball.For this first-ever biography, Abraham Aamidor went on a three-year quest to profit the genuine tale of Chuck Taylor. the hunt took him around the nation, monitoring down leads, and keeping apart fact from legend -- gaining knowledge of that the reality, warts and all, used to be even more attention-grabbing than the parable. He chanced on Chuck concerned with "industrial league" basketball within the Nineteen Twenties, operating as a wartime trainer with the military Air strength, and organizing health facility after health center. He was once a real "ambassador of basketball" in Europe and South the USA in addition to everywhere in the usa. And he used to be, to make certain, a consummate advertising genius. He was once elected to the carrying items corridor of status earlier than his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball corridor of repute. This biography makes it transparent that he belongs in either.

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But who else from the 1919 sectional champion Columbus High School Bull Dogs and the Columbus Commercials semi-pro basketball team is remembered today? indd 31 11/18/05, 3:00 PM 2. Non-Skids Charlie Taylor, at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, was becoming a man. His great shock of thick, dark hair was combed provocatively straight back over his head, and his long jaw demanded attention. He was just nineteen when he stepped forward with rm posture and resolute gait onto the oor of the Akron Firestone Clubhouse, “a dinky bandbox” of a gymnasium,1 as one basketball player of the era called it, but an important landmark throughout the Midwest nonetheless.

3 Chuck only shows up in a couple of pictures in the yearbook, including as a member of the school’s Athletic Association. Like all the other boys, he’s shown on the front steps to the school, between two uted pillars that appear to hold up the portico, and all are dressed in dark suits and ties. The girls generally are shown wearing dark skirts with white blouses, topped by sailor collars and small scarves tied around their necks and knotted in front. It’s all a period piece, but they are prosperous, prosperous, prosperous.

Indd 47 11/18/05, 3:00 PM versity, before Chuck’s name was added to the ankle patch. Wooden also wore them while playing early pro ball for the Indianapolis Kautskys. His high school players in South Bend, Indiana wore them in the 1930s. But one year the South Bend cagers donned another shoe. At the insistence of a school board member, Wooden outtted his young players with the similar Ball-Band shoe, a rubber-soled, high-top canvas competitor that was made in nearby Mishawaka, Indiana. “I think he was a stock holder in the Ball-Band.

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