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Charles H. "Chuck" Taylor

Enshrined 1969
Brown County, IN
June 24, 1901 - June 23, 1969

Biography

In the summer of 1921, Taylor hobbled into a Converse Chicago sales office complaining of sore feet and persuaded executives to create a shoe especially for basketball. Taylor, who was a two-time All-State selection at Columbus High School and a journeyman jump shooter for eleven professional seasons, was an entrepreneur and involved in all facets of basketball promotion. In 1932, Converse added Taylor's signature to its trademark five-pronged star shoe, and sent its new basketball ambassador on the road to promote the sneaker. Initially, "Chucks" were only available in high or low canvas in either black or white, and sold only in sporting goods stores. Converse All-Stars became the best-selling basketball shoe in history making Chuck Taylor's name a household word.

Career Highlights

Organized first basketball clinic at North Carolina State University, 1922
Developed the popular Converse Basketball Yearbook, 1922
Selected All-America teams, 1932
The Chuck Taylor "All-Star" was the official shoe of the Olympics from 1936 until 1968