Friday Afternoon Follies: Basketball, 1936

It was a simpler time, and a time with much shorter shorts.

Basketball with chair 1936

Bonus: Those skimpy uniforms required really fabulous warm-up suits.

Basketball warmup suits 1936

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16 Responses to Friday Afternoon Follies: Basketball, 1936

  1. If you are not distracted by the very short shorts, you may well wonder why the ref is holding a wicker chair for the player to stand on. Maybe installing a net which fell off?

  2. Deborah Gronke Bennett (BSEE Hanszen '82) says:

    If the guy in the middle of the warm-up suits picture really is a basketball player, it wasn’t only the shorts which were short. 🙂

  3. loki_the_bubba says:

    Always good to see every player wearing Converse Chuck Taylors. I still wear’em.

  4. Grungy says:

    He appears to be pushing the rim back up.
    There was no dunking allowed back then, right?

    • Francis Eugene "Gene" PRATT, Institute Class of '56 says:

      Grungy, I think that was before dunking became a thing to do.
      Shortly after dunking became fashionable, I heard or read one of the big names say something to the effect that the players of his day did NOT dunk because it was not thought to be a proper thing to do, or unsportsmanlike or something to that effect.

      I never heard of Wilt Chamberlin’s dunking a ball, but he used to roll it off his hand DOWN INTO the net. So you know he could have dunked.

      • Francis Eugene "Gene" PRATT, Institute Class of '56 says:

        BTW, Grunge, I seem to recall that when the pros started dunking, the colleges outlawed it for a number of years.
        Is that right, John Wolda?

    • marmer01 says:

      I think Grungy is right about him pushing the rim (back) up. Note that there is a second referee helping to steady the guy on the chair. He’s holding on to his leg. I, personally, might have boundary concerns if a stranger grabbed me there!

      • Francis Eugene "Gene" PRATT, Institute Class of '56 says:

        Did all notice that wood is used in the construction, especially the NO see-through backboard?
        In 1935, was there any plastic other than cellophane?

      • Francis Eugene "Gene" PRATT, Institute Class of '56 says:

        mistyped, should be 1936.
        mea culpa, mea culpa

      • Grungy says:

        Gene, there was Bakelite and nitrocellulose (plasticized by camphor used as film stock by Kodak).

  5. nburch2 says:

    Is the short guy Charlie Tighe?

  6. James says:

    When I see pictures like the one with the player doing something to the rim/net, I always like to look at the background. In this picture I found it very interesting that all the spectators were dressed in suits and what looked like their Sunday best. How many people dress like that at a basketball game today? Oh how the times have changed,

  7. Grungy says:

    How many people dress like that for the symphony any more?

  8. Yes, shortly after this period we begin to see Bakelite and Bakelite derivatives used as “premium” trim items in car dashes.

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