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We, The Uncommonwealth, in order to form a more compassionate union of basketball fans, hereby dedicate this shirt to Ellie Brown.

Say what? We turn to Vice for the story about Ellie Brown, wife of John Y. Brown. In a nutshell, the Colonels were losing money and considering a move to Cincy. John Y.'s son (John Y III) wasn't keen on that and dad swept in to buy the team and save it from that nasty Ohio soil.

So, in July 1973, Brown bought the team. And in a bold move, named his wife Ellie and a 10-woman board of directors to run the team. Now, mind you, this was before glass ceilings were glass ceilings.

At age 33, Ellie became the first woman to chair the board of a major sports franchise. She led a turnaround that resulted in a league championship and a 75% rise in gate receipts. Whatever her magic was, it worked.

However, as Cinderella stories go, bad trades (like Issel to the Baltimore Claws) and a weak league eventually got the better of everyone -- except Brown. Instead of trying to leverage the Colonels into an NBA team, he took a $3 mil buyout, bought the Buffalo Braves and traded the team to become the owner of the Boston Celtics.

So, Ellie, this ball's for you! We even put your name on it -- because you broke the barrier for women in sports and it's the least we can do.

This design is copyright 2017-2018 The Uncommonwealth of Kentucky LLC.

The iconic ringer t-shirt is back! Once the tee of choice for the rock-n-rollers of the 1950s and 1960s, this modernized, lightweight version is now ready for all you 21st-century rebels.

- 100% pre-shrunk combed ring-spun cotton (Heather colors contain polyester)
- Semi-fitted
- Contrast color binding at neck and sleeves
- Double-needle stitched bottom hem

Size guide

  S M L XL 2XL
Body Length (inches) 27 ½ 28 ¾ 29 ¾ 30 ¾ 32
Body Width (inches) 18 20 22 24 26