The Winningest Team in Columbus History

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The Buckeyes, the Crew, and the Blue Jackets haven’t quite achieved what we hoped, but there’s one team from Columbus that never had any trouble with winning. Who won 100% of their league’s championships? That’s right - every single one. Let me give you a hint: they played basketball.

In fairness, there were only two championships to win, but that doesn't diminish the accomplishments of the Columbus Quest. Although it didn’t last long (1996-1998), the ABL (American Basketball League) was a women’s professional basketball league that was dominated by Columbus. The Quest won both championships of the league’s existence, and were leading the league when it folded in its third season. The Quest originally played in Battelle Hall, but despite being the best team in the ABL , their games were sparsely attended. Many of the former Quest players went on to play in the WNBA , including Katie Smith, a truly remarkable athlete who grew up in Ohio.

Learn more about the history of sports in the Ohio Room, especially if you enjoy football. In addition to many titles on the Buckeyes, find out more about the Ohio League, the early predecessor to the NFL.  Try these books:

Remember to enter your library card number to access articles from the Columbus Dispatch Archives, like the four linked in this post:

  • A Quest Cut Short: Columbus Loses Underappreciated Team” Columbus Dispatch, December 29, 1998.
  • Arace, Michael, “Smith Lived the Dream, is Ready for Next One” Columbus Dispatch, September 25, 2013.
  • Dick, Fenlon, “Once Located, Quest Put on a Good Show” Columbus Dispatch, December 19, 1996.
  • The Quest Is Won - for Second Year, Columbus Team Defies Odds” Columbus Dispatch, March 17, 1998.