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New York Rens Commemorative Court Mural Tee

New York Rens Commemorative Court Mural Tee

Regular price $45.00 USD
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A short-sleeve tee shirt featuring the New York Rens Commemorative Court Mural that was painted on the basketball court at Howard Bennett Playground on West 135th Street in Harlem. The mural honors the New York Rens, the first Black-owned, fully professional, African American basketball team in history.

From 1923 to 1948, the Rens won 2,588 of 3,117 games for a staggering 83% winning percentage sustained over a 25-year span. That's equivalent to an NBA team winning about 70 games a season for 25 years in a row. 

Seven former Rens players are individually enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame (Tarzan Cooper, Pop Gates, Nat Clifton, John Isaacs, Zack Clayton, Fats Jenkins, and Sonny Boswell) and so is the team’s owner, Robert “Bob” Douglas. The 1932-33 New York Rens team was collectively inducted in recognition of their 88-game winning streak that season, the longest in pro basketball.

Despite this, there was no place in NYC that even acknowledged the team’s existence until this basketball court repainting. But now you can acknowledge the pioneering achievements of the Rens too, by rocking this tee shirt and sharing stories about them with your family, neighbors, co-workers, and friends.

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Product Details:

• 100% cotton
• Fabric weight: 5.0–5.3 oz/yd² (170-180 g/m²)
• Open-end yarn
• Tubular fabric
• Taped neck and shoulders
• Double seam at sleeves and bottom hem
• Blank product sourced from Honduras, Nicaragua, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Bangladesh, Mexico

NOTE: Please allow up to 7 days for fulfillment prior to shipping. Also, since this is a custom-printed item, we cannot cancel the order once in production nor accept returns or exchanges, so please carefully review your order, including sizing. Thank you.

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Black Fives®, Make History Now®, and New York Rens® are registered trademarks of the Black Fives Foundation. All rights reserved. SLAM, NYC Parks, and PUMA are registered trademarks of their respective brands. Copyrights apply.

This product is made especially for you as soon as you place an order, which is why delivery takes a bit longer. Making products on demand instead of in bulk helps reduce overproduction, environmental impact, and labor unfairness. Thank you for your thoughtful purchasing decision!

Size guide

  LENGTH (inches) WIDTH (inches) SLEEVE LENGTH (inches)
S 28 18 15 ⅝
M 29 20 17
L 30 22 18 ½
XL 31 24 20
2XL 32 26 21 ½
3XL 33 28 22 ¾
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The official vintage-style private label of the Black Fives Foundation, was inspired by the widespread Physical Culture movement of the early 1900s, during which basketball first became popular among African Americans.