1937-38 Akron Wingfoots Award Belt Buckle (First Professional NBL Champions, Precursor to NBA )Go Back
1937-38 Akron Wingfoots Award Belt Buckle (First Professional NBL Champions, Precursor to NBA )
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By deduction we come to realize that this brass belt buckle traces to the formative years of professional basketball. More precisely, it cites "Goodyear…Divisional League…Champions," which translates to the Akron Wingfoots [i.e. Goodyear] who championed their basketball circuit in the 1937-38 season…only. That early competition evolved as the National Basketball League (the NBL), and the original-member Wingfoots won their only championship that ’37-38 season. Over the course of thirteen seasons, nearly 40 different teams participated in the old NBL…though in any given season, only a fraction of that was chartered. In general, these teams were ostensibly composed of industrial employees and, naturally, their expenses (and player compensations) were sponsored by those companies – primarily in the broad Great Lakes region.
As for this memento, the likelihood is strong (but not absolutely decisive) that it was made for award to specific recipients…players, coaches or administrators. It is approximately 1-3/4"-square and its attaching mechanism is high-quality in both material and engineering. The eye is particularly drawn to the center of the front where a blue-and-gold standard appears (presumably the team’s logo), and that image is conveyed in enamel. Technically, we report that the buckle is about VG/EX, entirely a function of moderate chipping in the enamel, while all other considerations are in NM/MT condition.
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