By Darrell Crenshaw
INDIANAPOLIS— The Pacers’s blue collar, gold swagger is now on display at the Indiana State Museum. In a new, free exhibit, the museum is telling the story about the Pacers organization from the beginning to present day.
“2017 is the 50th anniversary of the Pacers franchise and they reached out to us to do something about that,” said Katherine Gould, Associate Creator of Cultural History.
Paul George has his #24 jersey on display at the Indiana Pacers exhibit at the Indiana State Museum. Photo by Darrell Crenshaw, TheStatehouseFile.com
In 1967 Indianapolis took a chance on the Pacers, hoping the team could put could the sleepy city on the map. The Pacers were successful in their stint in the ABA, winning three championships in four years and launching Indianapolis as a major sports center.
The 1967 ABA championship trophy is a part of the display, along with Reggie Miller’s tennis shoes. The exhibit includes some of the most recognizable objects in Indiana basketball.
“One of our creators looked at their collection and found a wealth of material related to decades of the Pacers organization and the Indiana Fever,” Gould said.
Additionally, the museum is featuring the jerseys of Hall-of-Famer Mel Daniels and current Pacers superstar Paul George.
The exhibit also traces the 1976 ABA-NBA merger. The Pacers were one of the four teams to leave the ABA to join the NBA.
The Indiana Fever is also on display in the exhibit. Founded in 2000, the Fever has been able to make the WNBA playoffs in thirteen of the seventeen years they have been an organization.
Unlike the Pacers, the Fever captured their first WNBA title in 2012, led by arguably the best Fever and women to play in the WNBA, Tamika Catchings.
The exhibit is in the museum’s Legacy Theater and will be open until June 18.
Darrell Crenshaw is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.