The Akron Firestone Non-Skids was a professional basketball team situated in Akron in Ohio. Formed in 1937, it was one of the founding teams in the National Basketball League. By 1949, this league joined the Basketball Association of America in order to form the National Basketball Association.
The Akron Firestone Non-skids were named after the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company headquartered in Akron. This team played for almost four seasons from 1937 to 1941. During the 1937-1938 season, this team won the National Basketball League’s Eastern Division, and had a record of fourteen wins and four losses.
However, this team lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Akron Goodyear Wingfoots, which was another professional team from Akron. Later on, the next season, the Non-skids won a record of 24 wins and three losses. Again it won the Eastern Division and triumphed in the playoffs, thus emerging as the NBA champion. With a good record of 18 wins and 9 losses, this team defended successfully for its championship the next season.
This team finished third in 1940-41 season in the league, with record of 13 wins and 11 losses. In the first round of the playoffs, this team lost however. And following the season, the Akron Firestone Non-skids disbanded which left the Akron with one team which was the Akron Goodyear Wingfoots. This team alone represented the city of Akron in NBA matches.
The time periods during which the Akron Firestone Non-skids were their best were from 1929 to 1945. The Akron Goodyear Wingfoots were the initial NBL Champions in 1938. The team suspended operations for World War II but were not included in the NBL/BAA merger. But instead they remained in the NIBL (National Industrial Basketball League) which in 1961 became the National AAU Basketball League. The Wingfoots are still an AAU Elite team in the NABL.