City College of New York Pinback Button


This round button is black with a white band in the center and "C.C.N.Y." printed in black at the center of the button. Made for the supporters of the City College of New York or C.C.N.Y., this button could have been used by a fan of several different teams. Although the buttons are most commonly associated with football teams, which C.C.N.Y. had from 1921 to 1950, the most famous C.C.N.Y. teams were their basketball teams. The football teams played at Lewisohn Stadium in New York which held several athletic events, as well as, musical performances and other events. The stadium was demolished in 1973. C.C.N.Y. basketball teams have a well-established history, as they are the only program to have won both the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) and NCAA Tournament in the same year (1950). Unfortunately, the team is often more closely associated with their connections to a point shaving scandal in 1951. That season, seven CCNY players were arrested for taking money from gamblers to affect the outcomes of games.

Date Made: ca 1950s

Location: Currently not on view

Level Of Sport: scholasticWeb Subject: CollegeSports


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1996.0213.243Accession Number: 1996.0213Catalog Number: 1996.0213.243

Object Name: button, sports

Physical Description: metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 1 1/2 in; 3.81 cm


Record Id: nmah_1432081

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