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The history of Charles H. ("Chuck") Taylor, Hoosier, basketball player, and master shoe salesman:

  • 1901 - Born in Indiana.
  • 1908 - Marquis M. Converse started the "Converse Rubber Company."
  • 1917 - Converse Rubber Company brought out a shoe very much like today's "All Star."
  • 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.
  • 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.

 








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