Dust Bowl Girls

Dust Bowl Girls

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

eBook - 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 sport and heartfelt loyalty to one another and their coach, they won every game. For author Lydia Reeder, this is a family story: coach Sam Babb is her great-uncle. When her grandmother handed her a worn, yellowed folder that contained newspaper articles, letters, and photographs of Sam and the Cardinals, she said, "You might want to tell their story someday." Now, with extensive research and the gathered memories of the surviving Cardinals, she has. 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, led by the legendary Babe Didrikson. It captures a moment in American sports history when a visionary coach helped his young athletes achieve more than a winning season.
Publisher: [United States] : Algonquin Books : Made available through hoopla, 2017
ISBN: 9781616206536
1616206535
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
Call Number: eBook

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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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