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Dust bowl girls : the inspiring story of the team that barnstormed its way to basketball glory

Reeder, Lydia (author.).

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Bagley Public Library 796.3236 REE (Text) 33500012486031 Main Available -
Greenbush Public Library 796.3236 REE (Text) 35500005920382 Main Available -
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Record details

  • ISBN: 1616204664
  • ISBN: 9781616204662
  • Physical Description: 286 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2017.

Content descriptions

General Note: "Published simultaneously in Canada by Thomas Allen & Son Limited."
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note: New recruit -- The making of a coach -- The field house, 4 a.m. -- A good shot maker believes in herself -- Choctaw town -- A man's sport -- Weak ankles and weaker nerves -- Barnstorm -- End game -- Babe Didrikson and the golden cyclones -- Guts and glory -- Next stop, Shreveport -- Brains, beauty, and ball handling -- A team that won't be beat can't be beat -- A hometown welcome.
Summary, etc.: "At the height of the Great Depression, Sam Babb, the charismatic basketball coach of tiny Oklahoma Presbyterian College, began dreaming. Like so many others, he wanted a reason to have hope. Traveling from farm to farm, he recruited talented, hardworking young women and offered them a chance at a better life: a free college education if they would come play for his basketball team, the Cardinals. Despite their fears of leaving home and the sacrifices faced by their families, the women followed Babb and his dream. He shaped the Cardinals into a formidable team, and something extraordinary began to happen: with passion for the game and heartfelt loyalty to one another and their coach, they won every game. Combining exhilarating sports writing and exceptional storytelling, Dust Bowl Girls conveys the intensity of an improbable journey to an epic showdown with the prevailing national champions, helmed by the legendary Babe Didrikson. And it captures a moment in American sports history when a visionary coach helped his young athletes achieve more than a winning season"--

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2016 September #1
    One of the more unlikely national champions in U.S. sports history was the 1932 women's basketball team from tiny, financially strapped Oklahoma Presbyterian College. Coach Sam Babb, who, probably not coincidentally, taught Psychology 101 at the school, masterfully recruited talent, solicited funding for the program, created a culture of unselfish team play, devised unorthodox but effective basketball drills, and instilled in his players the self-assurance they would need in facing public opinion that largely considered basketball "unladylike." And, more urgently, in facing (three times that season) the reigning national champion Dallas Golden Cyclones, led by legendary sportswoman Babe Didrikson. Author Reeder, Babb's grandniece, had access to such primary materials as player diaries, which reveal the players' relationships to one another and their coach, and to a dust-bowl era and region marked by serious hardship. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Babb, Sam 1891-1937
Harris, Doll 1913-2001
Oklahoma Presbyterian College Basketball History
Basketball coaches Oklahoma Biography
Women basketball players Oklahoma Biography
Basketball for women Oklahoma History
Babb, Sam 1891-1937
Harris, Doll 1913-2001
Oklahoma Presbyterian College Basketball History
Basketball for women Oklahoma History
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
HISTORY / Native American
HISTORY / North America
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Southwest (AZ, NM, OK, TX)
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
Babb, Sam 1891-1937
Harris, Doll 1913-2001
Oklahoma Presbyterian College.
Basketball coaches
Basketball for women
Women basketball players
Genre: History.
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