Tribute, plaque to honor Hinkle creators

Very few individuals can say one of their family members was responsible for the creation of Indiana icon  Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Tomorrow 13 people will be on campus to see their ancestors’ contributions remembered.

In total, 41 men will be honored during the first TV timeout of tomorrow’s men’s basketball game against Wright State.

In 1926, those 41 individuals, including Arthur Jordan, John Reilly, John W. Atherton, Joseph Irwin, Richard M. Fairbanks and James I. Holcomb, began raising $750,000 to build the now iconic Hinkle Fieldhouse.

“It’s a big part of the state of Indiana’s history,” Vice President for Advancement Mark Helmus said. “The tribute will teach many people about the men who made Hinkle a reality.”

Aside from hosting Butler basketball games since the late 1920s, Hinkle has been home to many historic events and has been occupied by various influential people.

For more than 60 years, Hinkle was the site of the Indiana state high school basketball tournament.

Presidents Herbert Hoover, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton have spoken there
as well.

Track legend Jesse Owens tied the indoor world record for the 60-yard dash during the 1935 Butler Relays in Hinkle.

The legendary movie “Hoosiers” also was filmed inside Hinkle.

“Hinkle has a larger than life reputation,” Associate Athletic Director Tom Crowley said.

Crowley said the tribute is also meaningful because it is important to all of the country, not just the Indianapolis area.

Hinkle’s creators will also be honored with a plaque inside the fieldhouse.

There is currently nothing inside the fieldhouse stating when or by whom it was constructed.

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