CyPix: Basketball Season

The weather has turned cold, and you know what that means! It means that it’s almost winter, you say? Well, yes. But also, basketball season has arrived! To celebrate, here are a couple of photos from the early 20th century, one of our men’s team and one of a women’s intramural team (unfortunately we didn’t have a collegiate women’s team in those days).

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Men’s basketball at Iowa State in 1922. The stitching of the basketball is visible in this photo. (RS 24/5/D,G, Box 1815)

Women's basketball ca 1908

Women playing intramural basketball in the grass at Iowa State, circa 1908. Things have changed a lot in women’s basketball in the last 100 years! (RS 22/7)

The men’s team played it’s first game in 1908. In the early days, the official collegiate men’s team often went by “Ames” rather than Iowa State, as you can see referenced on their uniforms in the top photo. The official collegiate women’s team was formed in the 1973-1974 season, but women had been playing basketball at Iowa State long before that, as evidenced by the intramural game being played in the early 1900s photo above. As you can see, women’s basketball uniforms have changed quite a bit since then. Can you imagine playing basketball in those outfits?

More information can be found in the Men’s Basketball collections, RS 24/5, the Women’s Basketball collections, RS 24/18, the Recreation Services Administrative Records, RS 7/8/3, and in the Student Organizations Records, RS 22/7/0/1. Additional basketball photos can be found on our Flickr site as well. Here’s to a great upcoming season of Cyclone basketball!

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