Chicago Maroons Pinback Button


This is a round sports button with a maroon background and "Chicago" printed in white on the center of the button. The Chicago Maroons were a college football power from 1892 (their first season) to about 1939. The team was a founding member of the Big Ten Conference, which is the oldest college athletic conference in America. The Maroons were led by football pioneer Amos Alonzo Stagg for 41 seasons. The Maroons also have the distinction of receiving the first Heisman Trophy when their, halfback Jay Berwanger, won the award in 1935. The program was disbanded in 1939 but has since returned, now playing at the Division III level.

Referenced: University of Chicago

Location: Currently not on view

Level Of Sport: collegiateWeb Subject: Sports


See more items in: Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure


Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1996.0213.257Accession Number: 1996.0213Catalog Number: 1996.0213.257

Object Name: button, sports

Physical Description: metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 1 3/4 in; x 4.445 cm


Record Id: nmah_1432095

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.