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Charles Hollis “Chuck” Taylor

  • Birth 24 Jun 1901 Brown County, Indiana, USA
  • Death 23 Jun 1969 Port Charlotte, Charlotte County, Florida, USA
  • Burial Port Charlotte, Charlotte County, Florida, USA
  • Memorial ID 16212930

American basketball player and shoe salesman/evangelist. He is best known for his association with the Chuck Taylor All-Stars sneaker, the most successful selling basketball shoe in history. The Converse All-Star shoe, one of the first especially for basketball, was introduced in the 1910s, and Taylor started wearing them in 1917 as a high school basketball player. (A.G. Spalding had already been making a basketball-model shoe for nearly 2 decades. In 1921, Taylor went to the Converse Shoes Chicago sales offices in search of a job. S.R. "Bob" Pletz, an avid fisherman and sportsman, hired him. Within a year, Taylor's suggestions - fabricating the shoe differently for greater flexibility and support, and providing a patch to protect the ankle - were incorporated into the shoe. The All-Star star went on the patch immediately, and by 1923, Chuck Taylor's name was on the patch as the shoe became the Chuck Taylor All-Stars.

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  • Added: 16 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16212930
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Hollis “Chuck” Taylor (24 Jun 1901–23 Jun 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16212930, citing Restlawn Memorial Gardens, Port Charlotte, Charlotte County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .