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Charles H. "Chuck" Taylor

In the summer of 1921, Chuck Taylor hobbled into a Chicago Converse 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. In addition to promoting the Converse basketball sneaker, Taylor also pursued his goal of building players, coaches, and spectator interest in the game of basketball by conducting clinics and demonstrations throughout the country. 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.

Enshrined 1969
Born June 24, 1901 Brown County, IN
Died June 23, 1969
Contributor Stats
1922 ORGANIZED FIRST BASKETBALL
CLINIC AT NC STATE
1922 DEVELOPED THE CONVERSE
BASKETBALL YEARBOOK
1932 SELECTED ALL-AMERICA TEAMS
1936-68 THE CHUCK TAYLOR "ALLSTAR"
WAS OFFICIAL SHOE OF
THE OLYMPICS
11 SEASONS PLAYED
PROFESSIONALLY
THE QUEEN CHUCK TAYLOR
IN CONVERSE "CHUCK TAYLOR"
ALLSTARS