Charles H. “Chuck” Taylor
Mr. Taylor dedicated his life to improving the game of basketball for players, coaches and fans. In 1921, his suggestions to improve the design of the shoe were adopted by Converse, and a logo bearing his name was placed on the shoe.
In 1923, the shoes officially became the Chuck Taylor All Stars. Mr. Taylor spent the majority of his time and effort holding clinics and demonstrations in an attempt to promote basketball on both a national and international level.
Through his work, Mr. Taylor became known as the “Ambassador of Basketball.”
Mr. Taylor was inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 1969 and then the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1989.