Basketball Season Arrives, 1929

Almost against my better judgement, I love college basketball. I know that most people look forward to March and the NCAA tournament but I prefer November with it’s unsullied hopefulness. Here we have the Rice Owls early in the 1929-30 season, when home games were still played in the city auditorium:

Glass basketball team c1930


Game action:

Glass basketball in auditorium c1930


And before the game they posed outside with apparent good humor in their startlingly short shorts:

Glass street basketball c1930


Glass basketball c1930

Update: Contrary to the label on the envelope where I found these pictures, they must have been taken late in the season. If you zoom in on the action shot you can see the score, which was kept on a chalk board (!): Rice 14, Baylor 18. That game was played on March 1, 1930. I don’t know who won but if I were betting I’d put my money on Baylor.



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3 Responses to Basketball Season Arrives, 1929

  1. marmer01 says:

    Wow. City Auditorium. Yes, I already knew that, but wow. Imagine basketball games at Jones Hall. I can’t even, as the kids say.

  2. mjthannisch says:

    Was basketball ever played at Sam Houston Colosseum? I seem to remember the Icecapades there.

  3. Kathy says:

    The length (or lack thereof) of mid-20th century basketball (and soccer) shorts is truly astonishing. Guys today would be embarrassed to death to wear these.

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