Dust Bowl Girls

Dust Bowl Girls

The Inspiring Story of the Team That Barnstormed Its Way to Basketball Glory

Large Print - 2017
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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.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2017.
Edition: Large Print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781410496720
1410496724
Branch Call Number: 796.2363 REE LP
Characteristics: large print
509 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.

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Hard times and failing farms afflicted Oklahoma in 1931, but a basketball team of scrappy young women and one determined coach gave them a reason to cheer. In their new-fangled red satin uniforms (goodbye bloomers!) and worn Converse sneakers the Oklahoma Presbyterian College Cardinals dazzled the crowds with their talent, teamwork and jaw-dropping record. (more)


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Manateestarz Nov 25, 2017

An interesting portrait of a time and place and the rare opportunity that this group of athletic girls had.
There was some useful history in this book even for non-sport fans. For example, I learned that companies like the Dallas Shoe Company had professional women's basketball teams composed of employees. This was in the 1930's.

The only thing disconcerting about the book was the author's imagined dialogues between the characters . I guess she just had to imagine it, but there were times when this technique seemed a little too much

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patcarstensen
Feb 10, 2017

There is something awkward in the writing, but it is a great story and a good look at the politics of women's athletics 80 years ago.

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