The University of Toledo Archives
Manuscript Collection


Finding Aid

Calvin Christensen Collection. 1945 to 1957


Size: .25 linear feet

Provenance: Unknown

Access: Open

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Processing Note:

Condition: Good

Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

Completed by: Mark Dohanyos

Historical/Biographical Sketch

Cal Christensen started his basketball career at Macomber High School in 1942. He led the Craftsmen in scoring and to the sectional championship his senior year. Mr. Christensen also played on National AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) team that won a state championship. Mr. Christensen attended the University of Toledo and in his senior year (1949-1950) he set a Toledo 28 game scoring record with 313 points and an 11.2 point per game average.
In 1950, after a brief stint in the Army, Mr. Christensen was chosen 4th in the NBA draft by the Iowa based Tri-City Blackhawks. He later played for the Milwaukee Hawks and the Rochester Royals. In 1957, Mr. Christensen toured with the United States Stars, an exhibition team that played against the Harlem Globetrotters. Calvin Christensen died on August 31, 2011 at the age of 84.

Scope and Content Note

Collection includes many clippings documenting Cal Christensen’s basketball career, from his days at Macomber High School to his time at the University of Toledo and to his days when he played for three NBA teams in the 1950s. The collection is arranged in alphabetical order.

Series List


Folder List



Item Description



Macomber High School, 1945-1946



Milwaukee Hawks and Rochester Royals 1950-1957



Programs- U.S. and Harlem Globetrotters 1957



Toledo Area Basketball/ Post Macomber n.d.



Last Updated: 7/1/19