Collectors note: IU basketball schedules prior to the 1950’s are rare, and do not often come up for sale. Any pieces of IU basketball memorabilia from the 1910s are extremely rare, as advertising for basketball always was second fiddle to more popular sports of the time like football and baseball. This 1910-11 schedule, which includes advertising for Kahn’s Fine Men’s Clothing, a long-time Bloomington institution, is the oldest IU basketball schedule in my collection, and one of the oldest IU basketball schedules I have ever seen.
When discussing the storied history of Indiana University basketball, understanding where the program has been is just as important as talking about the future.
As you may know, Indiana’s legendary program began during the 1900-01 season. In those days, simply finding enough able bodies to fill out a roster was the greatest task. Additionally, as the game of basketball was evolving from its origins, much of what took place day-to-day would be basic fundamentals and understanding of the game itself. Dribbling was non-existent, nor were jump shots or fast-breaks.
The 1910-11 season would begin with Indiana’s 9th different coach in the program’s 11th season having basketball as a varsity sport.
Oscar Rackle, a star player at Brown University, would come to Bloomington to lead an experienced team, returning key upperclassmen William Hipskind, Arthur “Cotton” Berndt (a three-sport star at Indiana), and probably Indiana’s first major star on the hardwood, Dean Barnhart.
The season would be one of highlights for Indiana, as they eclipsed the 10-win mark for the first time in program history. IU would finish 11-5 overall, 5-5 in Western Conference (Big Ten) play.
Even the overall story of IU’s successful season would play second fiddle to the game performances of senior Dean Barnhart. The Rochester, Indiana native, who lead the team in scoring with 13.5 ppg, would score a career-high 25 points against DePauw on January 14, 1911, leading IU to a 45-20 win, and single-handily outscoring the Tigers.
The 25-point performance would be a then single-game IU scoring record.
Against Rose Poly, Barnhart would once again eclise the 20-point mark, leading all scorers with 21. No Hoosier would top 20 points in a single game until Everett Dean scored 21 against Ohio State in 1921. Barnhart would end his IU career outscoring IU’s opponent on his own on six separate occasions.