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KSU Sports Artifacts

Special Collections and Archives

KSU Sports Artifacts

Special Collections and Archives

KSU Sports Artifacts

Kent State University Sports Artifacts

Finding Aid

Prepared by Cara Gilgenbach, January 30, 2002; Last Updated: July 2023

Inclusive Dates: 1920s-2000s; undated
Extent: 7 cubic feet (8 boxes = 4 record storage boxes; 1 document case; 3 flat oversize boxes)
Physical Location: 11th floor

Scope and Content: This collection contains miscellaneous Kent State University athletics memorabilia and artifacts from various time periods. Most items are undated.

Box 1: Artifacts

  1. Football helmet (leather)
  2. Footbal uniform leggings
  3. Football uniform component (sock?)
  4. T-Shirt: "Kent State; MACS Champs; Tangerine Bowl"
  5. Foam "Flashhead" (A golden flash bolt made out of foam, attached to a metal head band to be worn on the head)

Box 1A: Artifacts

  1. Football: "1923; K.S.N.C. 6; West Liberty 7; First T.D. Scored with this Ball"
  2. KSU Baseball coin purse (plastic)
  3. Kent State Golf Course pencil
  4. Medal: "Kent State Normal College, Men's Singles [tennis], Summer School, 1922, 2nd Prize, Fred G. Weinman"
  5. Coins: "Kent vs. Texas El Paso, Homecoming, Oct. 12, 1985"
  6. "Flippy" Frisbee: "Fly With the Flashes! Schlitz WKNT 100 Fm"
  7. Mini-Footballs:
    • "Kent State University Golden Flashes 1972 Mid-American Champs Tangerine Bowl"
    • "Souvenir of Trevor Rees Testimonial Dinner, July 8, 1972"
  8. Baseballs (two) [one is signed by Rick Moyer, March 26, 1983]
  9. Baseball: Signed by baseball team "1992 Kent MAC Champs"
  10. Pin: Football Field Pass, 1964  (two copies)
  11. Pin: Football Field Pass, 1965
  12. Pin: "Give 'Em Hell Kent" (basketball with Grog character), 1970s
    Acquisitions Note: Donated by D. Scott Cunningham, Class of 1977
  13. Pin: "Pack Pit KSU 74/75" (basketball), 1974
    Acquisitions Note: Donated by D. Scott Cunningham, Class of 1977
  14. Blue and Gold Kazoo, 1970s?
    Acquisitions Note: Donated by D. Scott Cunningham, Class of 1977
    Historical Note: According to Cunningham, Kazoos were handed out before one of the football games (date unknown) so students could participate in the "KSU Kazoo Band."
  15. Tie clip: NCAA Championships, Wrestling, 1967
  16. Pendant: Second-year varsity, undated
  17. Letter opener: "Matt Resick Testimonial, June 14th, 1976"
  18. Playing cards: "Joe Begala: Builder of Champions, 1929-1971"
  19. Patch: "KSU Golden Flashes," undated (2 copies)
  20. Patch: "KSU Baseball," undated
  21. Patch: K logo with Golden Eagle, undated but 1985 or after (2 copies)
  22. Tickets: 100 Years of Baseball (2), 2014
  23. Trading Cards: Baseball All-Time Team (2 sets), circa 2014
  24. Kent State University Employee Athletic Card, 1953-1954
    Acquisitions Note: Donated by Ruth Ruggles
  25. Flag: "The Golden Flashes Club," undated

Box 2: Jack Lambert memorabilia

  1. Bronzed shoe
  2. Pro Football Hall of Fame Pin
  3. Trading Card
  4. Commemorative Pepsi can, 1990

Box 3: Flat Oversize 1

  1. Poster: "1994 Kent Baseball; The Nation's Number One Pitching Staff; Travis Miller; Dustin Hermanson; Brian Tutkovics; Mike Nartker" [autographed by all]
  2. Flash mascot blanket
  3. Baseball uniform (wool), [1940's?]
  4. Football shoulder pads (cotton), [1920's?]

Box 4: Flat Oversize 2: Baseball and track uniforms worn by KSU student (?), William Scott, in the mid-1930s.

  1. Short-sleeved gray jersey with "Kent" in blue felt letters
  2. Short-sleeved heather-colored jersey with "Kent" in blue and gold felt letters and matching pants
  3. Short-sleeved heather and green-striped jersey with "Whistle" in green felt letters
  4. Two pairs of gray shorts
  5. Pair of heather and blue-striped short pants
  6. Two pairs blue wool stirrup socks

Box 5

  1. Basketball: Signed by Kent State University women's basketball team members: 1990s or early 2000s

Box 6: Flat Oversize 3

  1. Wrestling singlet, size large, undated

Box 7: Martin Kovalik: Sports Clothing, 1930s

Historical Note: Martin J. Kovalik, Class of 1939, played basketball at Kent State in 1934 and was on the baseball team, earning a letter sweater, in 1939. Kovalik later served on the Alumni Association Board.
Acquisition Information: These materials were donated by Les Kovalik, Martin's son, in July 2023, along with a small collection of other memorabilia and papers from Martin's time at Kent State as a student.


  1. Athletics hooded sweatshirt with KSU and number 4 stenciled on back
  2. Letter sweater with inside tag sewn in reading "Martin Kovalik"
  3. Basketball uniform, two piece, blue and white, satin-like fabric; number 2 player number
  4. Wool socks, shorts, and ball cap in Kent State colors
  5. General Athletic Clothing catalog from the era with some annotations by Kovalik