Peoria was on top of the basketball world in the 1950s and these men, who built our yellow iron by day, were some of the world's greatest basketball players by night. They helped build Caterpillar's yellow iron, but these employees were even better with a basketball in their hands. Before the NBA became what it is today there was the Caterpillar Diesels and Peoria Cats - one of basketball's most dominant teams.
The Caterpillar Visitors Center provided an exclusive look at the rich history of basketball at Caterpillar. A 1952 Olympic gold medal was on display, along with game-worn jerseys, trophies, players’ personal memorabilia, photographs, game footage and a short film on the team.