Sunday, May 14, 2017

Dust Bowl Girls - Lydia Reeder

Sub-title: The inspiring story of the team that barnstormed its way to basketball glory

The author of this book is the great-niece of Sam Babbs, the coach of the women's basketball team from Oklahoma Presbyterian College.  During the 1930's depression, he offered college scholarships to high school graduates who would play basketball.  He led the team to national and international victories and changed the lives of these poor farm girls.

The writing is disjointed and there is a lot of "then this happened" recounting of events.  What I really enjoyed was learning about the attitudes in the 1930's toward women in sports.  President Hoover's wife was behind a nationwide effort to block women from playing sports as unladylike and would damage their health.  These women proved them wrong.

An entertaining reading.

Published: 2017  Read: April 2017  Genre: Biography

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