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Akron Wing Foots

Founded:   1918
Folded:    Active in AAU
Location:  Akron, OH
Owner:     Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
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Titles:   5, 1 NBL title

The Akron Goodyear Wingfoots was a professional basketball team in Akron, Ohio. It was one of the founding teams of the National Basketball League, which formed in 1937. In 1949, this league joined with the Basketball Association of America to form the National Basketball Association.

The Akron Goodyear Wingfoots was named for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, which was headquartered in Akron.

The Wingfoots joined the Midwest Basketball Conference in 1936 and won the leagues second title defeating Fort Wayne in a best of three games series sweep.

in 1937 the MBC changed names to the National Basketball League and the Wingfoots continued to play in the NBL. The team played in the NBL for almost five seasons (1937-1942). During the 1937-1938 and the 1938-1939 seasons, the Akron Goodyear Wingfoots finished second in the National Basketball League's Eastern Division. The team finished behind the Akron Firestone Non-Skids, another team from Akron, each season. However, the Wingfoots did capture the league's first championship after an impressive playoff run. During the 1939-1940 season, the Wingfoots finished third in the Eastern Division, winning exactly fifty percent of the team's games. During the next season, the squad finished next to last in the National Basketball League.

During the 1941-1942 season, the Akron Goodyear Wingfoots experienced a turnaround, finishing third in the National Basketball League. The team, however, lost in the first round of the playoffs. The team began the 1942-1943 season, but poor performance on the court and a declining number of men available to play due to World War II caused the Akron Goodyear Wingfoots to cease operation before the season's end.

Following World War II, The Wingfoots once again began playing basketball. They did apply for the remittance to the NBL but ultimately chose to play as an amateur league team. They have since become one of the most famous and success non-professional teams in the United States.

Founded: 1918
Independent:                   1918-22
Amatuer Athletic Union:        1923-30
National Industrial  League:   1931-36
Midwest Basketball Conference  1936-37
National Basketball League:    1937-42
Suspended Due to WWII          1942-46
Nat. Industrial B-ball League: 1946-61
Naional AAU Basketball League: 1961-72
Independent                    1973-80
AAU Elite:                     1980-Present 

1932 (National Industrial League)
1936 (MBC)
1937 (NBL)
1964 (AAU)
1967 (AAU)

International Cups:

1939 Article

Possible division Championship ring.
Ring would have been given out by the company and not the league.

Ed McKee game worn jersey from 1939.

Ralph Crowton

Bob Preusse.

Jumpball between Firestone Wingfoots and Goodyear.

A view of the Goodyear arena in a game likely against the Indianapolis Kautskys.

The Goodyears in 1950. After they left the NBL they continued to play up until the modern times