Description: The photograph shows eleven young men dressed in turtlenecks playing football in a field. They are lined up with an older man in a suit, perhaps a coach, standing behind them. The young man on the far left wears a soft helmet. Farm buildings and trees lie behind them. Photograph by Harry Evan Kinley (1882-1969), a native of Upper Sandusky, Ohio. Kinley was active in local events and organizations, and spent his professional career as a clerk at his father's store, and later as a traveling salesman for the Marion Paper & Supply Company (1934-1962). Kinley was also an avid lifelong photographer, and the bulk of the Harry Kinley Collection is comprised of glass plate negatives documenting the Kinley family, the city of Upper Sandusky and Wyandot County and surrounding areas. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AV30_B01F01_54 Subjects: Football--Ohio--History; Sports--Ohio--History; Sports teams Places: Upper Sandusky (Ohio); Wyandot County (Ohio);
Description: This photograph shows a high school-aged Beryl Drummond in his Waterloo Wonders uniform posed for a portrait. Born June 16, 1918, Beryl Esco Drummond was a member of the "Waterloo Wonders" high school basketball team, of Waterloo, Ohio, after transferring to the high school from nearby Cadmus. The team was the second Ohio high school basketball team in Class B to win consecutive state championships, in 1934 and 1935, and was considered one of the finest teams in the state, known for its crowd-pleasing antics and entertaining playing style.
After high school, Drummond continued to play semi-professional basketball with teams such as the Whiskered Wizards and the Acme Aviators (sponsored by the Acme Pattern & Toll Company of Dayton, Ohio). He played his last basketball game in the winter of 1952, after a disappointing game at the Knights of Columbus gym in Columbus, Ohio. He later worked as assistant superintendent at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club in Brecksville, Ohio, and at the Green Acres Country Club in Florida. He died April 26, 1982.
View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: MSS911_B03F01_001 Subjects: Basketball--Ohio--History; Sports--Ohio--History; Waterloo (Ohio); Athletes; Places: Waterloo (Ohio); Lawrence County (Ohio)
Description: Hockey game at the State Fairgrounds. Columbus Checkers minor league hockey game at the Ohio Expo Fairgrounds Coliseum in March 1970. The Columbus Checkers hockey team was the first professional hockey team in Columbus, Ohio, and they formed in 1966 as a part of the International Hockey League (IHL). This photograph shows the team playing in their home stadium, the Ohio Expo Fairgrounds Coliseum. The team competed for four seasons, but attendance dropped in the second two seasons after head coach Ed "Moe" Bartoli left after a dispute with owners Jerry, Ray, and Larry Schmeltzer. The brothers tried to sell the team, but negotiations fell through and the team folded because of low attendance. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL07640 Subjects: Cultural Ohio--Ohio Sports; Ice hockey; Sports--Ohio--History; Sports Places: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)
Description: This is a team photograph of the Oorang Tribe football team with Jim Thorpe in the second row center, October 27, 1922. The team, a National Football League franchise, was sponsored and managed by Airedale terrier breeder Walter Lingo. All of the players were Native American. They were based in LaRue, Ohio, the location of Lingo's kennels. Thorpe served as the team coach and a celebrity spokesperson for Oorang Airedales, and played a few games. The team played two disappointing seasons in the NFL during the years 1922 and 1923. In 1922 their record was 5 wins and 8 losses; in 1923, 2 wins and 10 losses. Jim (James Francis) Thorpe was born in 1888 in Oklahoma to Hiram P. and Charlotte Thorpe. Both Hiram and Charlotte were of European and American Indian heritage and Jim was raised in the Sac and Fox tribes. In 1904 he was sent to a boarding school in Carlisle, Pennsylvania for American Indian children. While at Carlisle he played multiple sports, including football, lacrosse, baseball, basketball, and track. He left Carlisle in 1909 and 1910 to play professional baseball with teams in Eastern Carolina League in North Carolina. He returned to Carlisle in 1911 for two successful football seasons. In both 1911 and 1912 he was an All-American halfback for football. In 1912 he became the only person to win gold medals in both the pentathlon and decathlon at the Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden. His Olympic celebrity propelled him a three year contract playing professional baseball for the New York Giants. He also played baseball with the Boston Braves and Cincinnati Reds. However, it was as a professional football player that Thorpe was more successful and strongly tied to Ohio. He was associated with four professional or semi-professional football teams in Ohio as a player and coach: the Canton Bulldogs, the Cleveland Tigers, the Oorang Indians based in LaRue, and the Portsmouth Shoe-Steels. His greatest success was with the Canton Bulldogs, which he led to win national championships in 1915, 1916, 1917 and 1919. From 1922-1923 he was a player and coach for the Oorang Indians, a National Football League team comprised of all native players. The majority of the Oorang Indians team members, like Thorpe, had played at Carlisle. The team owner, Robert Lingo, used the team and Thorpes celebrity to advertise his Oorang Kennels Company, particularly his Airedale terriers. Thorpe played another season with the Bulldogs in 1926 and then went to Portsmouth as a player-coach for the semi-professional Portsmouth Shoe-Steels in 1927. This was Thorpes last athletic job. During the 1930s and 1940s he worked a variety of jobs until he died of a heart attack in 1953.
View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL07881 Subjects: Thorpe, Jim, 1887-1953; Cultural Ohio--Ohio Sports; Football players; Football--Ohio--History; Sports teams Places: LaRue (Ohio); Marion County (Ohio)
Description: Two inmates identified as Bebic (left) and Johnson (right) engaged in a boxing match at the London Prison Farm in London, Ohio, ca. 1949 - 1955. A note written on the back of the photograph indicates that Johnson won the match. Sports were an important part of the educational and recreational program at the London Prison Farm and their athletic teams were successful.
Construction of the London Prison Farm began in the early 1920s. At that time, the institution was a branch unit of the Ohio Penitentiary. With completion in 1925 of its main building, the London Prison Farm was established as a separate correctional institution. It is now known as the London Correctional Institution. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL04480 Subjects: Sports; Ohio History--State and Local Government--Corrections; Prisoners; Prisons--Ohio Places: London (Ohio); Madison County (Ohio)
Description: Dated ca. 1935-1940, this photograph shows a young man competing in the long jump, or broad jump, at a track meet in Sylvania, Ohio, in Lucas County. The crowd watches the jumper, in addition to a mascot in the background on the left.
This photograph is one of the many visual materials collected for use in the Ohio Guide. In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Works Progress Administration by executive order to create jobs for the large numbers of unemployed laborers, as well as artists, musicians, actors, and writers. The Federal Arts Program, a sector of the Works Progress Administration, included the Federal Writers’ Project, one of the primary goals of which was to complete the America Guide series, a series of guidebooks for each state which included state history, art, architecture, music, literature, and points of interest to the major cities and tours throughout the state. Work on the Ohio Guide began in 1935 with the publication of several pamphlets and brochures. The Reorganization Act of 1939 consolidated the Works Progress Administration and other agencies into the Federal Works Administration, and the Federal Writers’ Project became the Federal Writers’ Project in Ohio. The final product was published in 1940 and went through several editions. The Ohio Guide Collection consists of 4,769 photographs collected for use in Ohio Guide and other publications of the Federal Writers’ Project in Ohio from 1935-1939. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: SA1039AV_B13F04_006_001 Subjects: Broad jump; Track and field; Recreation; Sports; Ohio--History--Pictorial works; Federal Writers' Project Places: Sylvania (Ohio); Toledo (Ohio); Lucas County (Ohio)
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