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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Say Cheese! ISNU Basketball, 1939

ISU basketball, 1939-1940.

Seen here is the 1939-1940 Illinois State Normal “A” or varsity squad, which would go on to finish the season 21-5 and champions (two years running) of the “Little Nineteen” athletic conference.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Fall Means College Football ISNU ‘Teachers,’ 1907

Illinois State University football, 1907.

Back in 1907, the Illinois State Normal University Teachers finished the season undefeated against college-level competition—9 wins and 0 losses. The Teachers earned victories over Wesleyan (twice), Milliken, Monmouth College, Knox College, Northern Illinois, Bradley, Western Illinois, and Eastern Illinois.

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Photo of the Week, 110: Hoop Dreams, 1972

Illinois State University's Doug Collins holds an autographed ball featuring the signatures of players, coaches, and team personnel from the 1972 U.S. Olympic basketball team

Illinois State University's Doug Collins holds an autographed ball featuring the signatures of players, coaches, and team personnel from the 1972 U.S. Olympic basketball team.

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McLean County Basketball Tournament January 28, 1950

Basketball tournament, 1950.

For much of the 20th century, the McLean County Basketball Tournament was the highlight of the area’s sports calendar. he tournament featured the smaller high schools outside of Bloomington-Normal vying for bragging rights as the county’s best. Seen here is a typical tournament scene back in 1950, as standing-room-only crowds packed Illinois State Normal University’s McCormick Gymnasium to root their hometown boys on to victory.

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Photo of the Week, 87: World Series Memories

Bob O'Farrell and Grover Cleveland Alexander Fans Field, Bloomington, 1938

On April 17, 1938, pitching great Grover Cleveland Alexander brought the Empires, his semi-pro baseball team from Springfield, IL, to Fans Field on Bloomington's south side.

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Photo of the Week, 83: Swiped Bell Returned to Redbird Roost, September 20, 1967

Back in the 1960s when Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University still played each other in football, pranks were common among the more mischievous members of the respective student bodies. For instance, several days before the September 23, 1967 game, IWU boosters

Back in the 1960s when Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University still played each other in football, pranks were common among the more mischievous members of the respective student bodies. For instance, several days before the September 23, 1967 game, IWU boosters "boosted" the Illinois State Victory Bell from its locked garage on the Normal campus. It was then clandestinely moved to the Wesleyan campus and chained to the old science building.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 82: 'Starr' Attraction at Normal Chamber Banquet, 1969

Seen here (left to right) are Starr, incoming Normal Chamber of Commerce President James L. Fisher, and outgoing President Richard A. Lenahan.

Famed Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr was the keynote speaker at the March 26, 1969 Normal Chamber of Commerce banquet.

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Photo of the Week, 80: It's Jeanne!

On July 11, 1941, 17-year-old Jeanne Cline won the Women's Western Golf Association junior championship at St. Charles (IL) Country Club. Bloomington's

On July 11, 1941, 17-year-old Jeanne Cline won the Women's Western Golf Association junior championship at St. Charles (IL) Country Club. Bloomington's "golfing sensation" defeated Dorothy Campbell of St. Louis to capture her first major championship.

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Photo of the Week, 69: Ready, Set, Go!

1947 district baseball champions capture a sectional berth in state playoffs.

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Photo of the Week, 64: Redbirds Crowned National Champs in 1969

McLean County Museum of History Replica 1969 champions Illinois State Baseball Cap

Seen here is ISU pitcher “Buzz" Capra holding the NCAA championship plaque and giving the “victory" sign. Lee William "Buzz" Capra went on to enjoy a solid Major League Baseball career, pitching for the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves from 1971 to 1977.

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