On Ohio Firsts

Probably most people don’t know much about the state of Ohio where I’ve lived for all but a few months of my life. Even this is not my first post about the Buckeye state (see it here), so here’s another attempt to enhance your knowledge about Ohio firsts.

Sports

  • First professional baseball team, Cincinnati Red Stockings (1869)
  • First MLB night game, Crosley Field (Cincinnati Reds)
  • First Black to play professional baseball, Moses Fleetwood Walker (1883)
  • First Black in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Emlen Tunnell (University of Toledo)
  • First Black to play in the American League (Larry Doby, Cleveland Indians  (1947)

Individual Feats

  • First successful powered airplane flight, Wright Brothers (1903)
  • First man on the moon, Neil Armstrong (1969)
  • First American to orbit Earth, John Glenn (1962)
  • First man to sail solo from America to England in a 13.5 ft sailboat; Robert Mandry
  • First woman to fly a single engine plane solo around the world; Jerrie Mock

Corporate Firsts

  • First rubber tire manufactured; BF Goodrich (1896)
  • First tubeless tire, PW Litchfield (1903)
  • First disposable diaper , Procter and Gamble, 1962)
  • First electric coffee grinder, Kitchen Aid (1937)
  • First synthetic detergent, Procter and Gamble (1944)
  • First pre-mixed paint, Sherwin Williams
  • First blackboard chalk, American Crayon Co (1835)
  • First vacuum cleaner manufacturer, WH Hoover Company (Canton)
  • First floating soap (Ivory); Procter & Gamble
  • First PVC, Waldo Semon, BF Goodrich (1926)
  • First bar code, National Cash Register Company
  • First recycling aluminum process, Charles Hall (1886)
  • First foam-soled bedroom sleepers, RG Berry Co (1947)
  • First synthetic rubber tire (BF Goodrich)

Ohioan Inventions or Patents
Aircraft de-icer, alkaline storage battery, automobile hydraulic shock absorber, automobile self-starter, camera, cash register, chewing gum, electrical starting motor, folding step ladder, Formica, Freon, Fuzzbuster, Gatling gun, guided missle, incandescent light bulb, lacquer paint for automobiles, leaded gasoline, light-weight diesel locomotive, LCD,  Mr. Coffee, padded bicycle seat, phonograph, Play-Doh, pop-top can, refrigerated boxcar, ratchet wrench. Richter scale, Sakcrete, space helmet, space suit, standardized yeast, telephone switchboard, Telflon, tickertape machine, traffic light, UNO card game, vacuum cleaner, wind tunnel