Basketball Objects from the Ohio History Connection


Last week, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the NBA championship. Two Akron, Ohio-born superstars–LeBron James of the Cavaliers and Stephen Curry of the Warriors–faced off in what was one of the most watched NBA Finals of all time. To help you ease into the off-season, let’s take a quick look at some basketball-related objects from the Ohio History Connection’s collection.


The Ohio Art Company made this basketball-shaped bank, which dates from 1960 to 1969. The Bryan, Ohio company is best known as the manufacturer of the Etch A Sketch.

This pair of Converse All Star basketball shoes were bought at Gold Circle, a department store with locations throughout Ohio. Purchased in the 1970s, the size-11.5 shoes cost $8.50.


In 1924, this medal was awarded during the International Y.M.C.A. Basketball Tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio. Thirty-three years later, professional basketball arrived in the city.

The Girls Athletic Association awarded a student from Linden-McKinley Junior-Senior High School this varsity letter for her performance on the volleyball and basketball courts. During the 1940s, the Columbus, Ohio school did not have women’s athletic teams that competed with other schools. Instead, it offered intramural games, featuring teams of students from within the school. 

These are just a few of the objects that help us tell the story of basketball in Ohio. If you want to explore more, feel free to visit our online collections catalog. And, don’t forget–only four months until next season starts!

Posted June 23, 2015

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