Items from the original Naismith Hall of Fame were recently auctioned off, including stained glass panels featuring each inductee from the Honors Court, a chapel-like room on Springfield College’s campus dedicated to Dr. James Naismith.
State Farm Agent Tiffany Thacker and her husband are avid UK Basketball memorabilia collectors and bought the three panels featuring Adolph Rupp, Frank Ramsey, and Cliff Hagan:
Here’s a view of the Honors Court before it was deconstructed:
And a description of the space from Michael Zogry, assistant professor of religious studies at Kansas:
Also feeling a connection to Naismith was Springfield College, the site where Naismith created the game. To honor Naismith and the game, the Basketball Hall of Fame went up on the school’s campus in 1968. There, the designers seemed to honor Naismith with those stained-glass windows in the chapel-like setting of the “Honors Court.”
Zogry remembers the room well from trips as a kid. Smushed inside a space more fitting to a high school cafeteria than a high room of basketball, were identical stained-glass creations, each mounted along a stubby wall.
Very cool. Here’s what the Honors Ring looks like at the new Naismith Hall of Fame: