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Author Molina, John A., author.

Title Barnstorming America : stories from the pioneers of women's basketball / John A. Molina with Charles A. Francis ; forward by Donna Orender.

Publication Info. Morley, Missouri : Acclaim Press, [2016]


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Walnut PL Stacks - WALG-8  796.32 MOL    AVAILABLE
Description 200 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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Note Includes index.
Contents Stories from the pioneers of women's basketball -- The birth of basketball and barnstorming -- Hoop dreams can come true -- Welcome to pro basketball, ladies -- Battles of the sexes -- Queens of the road -- Sisterhood of the traveling basketball players -- See the USA in a limo -- Show biz basketball -- You've come a long way, baby -- Biographies of the pioneers of women's basketball -- Roster.
Summary In an era when women had only recently been given the right to vote and the Great Depression made jobs of any kind hard to come by, American women of the 1930s faced an uphill battle when it came to accessing opportunities to work outside the home. About the same time, the relatively-new sport of basketball was gaining popularity in America and its schools. Girls were allowed to play basketball, too, although the rules were modified. However many girls excelled at basketball and wanted to keep playing after finishing high school. But apart from Amateur Athletic Union programs and the rare college teams, organized basketball after high school was out of reach of most women. Women's professional leagues were still four decades away from reality. But in 1936, entrepreneur and visionary C.M. "Ole" Olson, already in the barnstorming basketball business with his own men's traveling team, felt that not only were women ready to play basketball at a high level, but that people would turn out in large numbers to pay to see them play. From his home base in Cassville, Missouri, he recruited the best female basketball players he could find and formed the All American Red Heads. Playing against men's teams by men's rules, the Red Heads barnstormed across America, playing a grueling schedule of one-night stands and winning the vast majority of their games. Other barnstorming women's teams joined the Red Heads as and in the years and decades that followed, these groundbreaking women dismantled the wall of gender stereotypes and barriers regarding women, each victory over men taking another brick out of the wall.
Subject Women basketball players -- History.
Basketball for women -- History.
Basketball -- History.
Basketball. (OCoLC)fst00828203
Basketball for women. (OCoLC)fst00828266
Women basketball players. (OCoLC)fst01177350
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Added Author Francis, Charles A.
Orender, Donna.
ISBN 1942613563

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