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 Vernon R. McMillan

Vernon R. McMillan

Birth
Morrill, Brown County, Kansas, USA
Death 1 Dec 1968 (aged 76)
Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, USA
Burial Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, USA
Plot Section 1, Lot 99
Memorial ID 3771 · View Source
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Notable athlete. He used to hold the 440-yard dash record at Baker University in Kansas. In 1915, he became the first to ascend the steep Vigo County Indina Courthouse steps on a motorcycle. The Indian Motorcycle company made his feat the thrust of a nationwide campaign. McMillan then publicly challenged world champion motorcyclist 'Cannonball' Baker, sprinting 400 yards faster (running on foot) than Baker could ride a motorcycle a mile. After that, he met and conquered a race horse in the 100-yard dash. After serving in the World War, he formed a sporting goods company in Terre Haute, Indiana. There he designed the first football face mask, originated size coding for athletic socks, and invented the modern basketball inflater. His company's slogan 'It Pays to Play', which he first used in 1931, became the National Sporting Goods Association's official credo. The NSGA inducted him into its Hall of Fame as America's premiere amateur sports promoter.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 1 Nov 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3771
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Vernon R. McMillan (15 Sep 1892–1 Dec 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3771, citing Highland Lawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .