Category Archives: Amateur Women’s Sports

The Legendary Taylor Trunks Rule Women’s Amateur Basketball in Chicago, Breaking Boundaries on Women Athletic Achievement; Essay by Robert Pruter

The Taylor Trunks, the top women’s basketball team in Chicago during the 1920s and 1930s, exemplified the most modern and advanced approach in women’s basketball while negotiating with retrograde societal elements that fought female progress in sports. Continue reading

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Ethel Lackie: Surprise Olympic Swimming Champion; Essay by Robert Pruter

Ethel Lackie, as winner in swimming of numerous national and world record-setting races and a two-time gold medal winner in the 1924 Olympics she ranks as one of the top Chicago women athletes between the wars. Continue reading

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Elizabeth Falbisaner: The Face of Modern Athletic Women’s Basketball in the 1920s; Essay by Robert Pruter

Elizabeth Falbisaner, as captain for the famed Taylor Trunks, represented to America, what modern athletic basketball for women could be during the Golden Age of Sports in the 1920s. Continue reading

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Indoor Golf: A Golden Age of Sports Craze for Working Gentlemen, Shopping Ladies, and Well-Bred High School Boys and Girls; Essay by Robert Pruter

Indoor golf was a rage in the major urban centers for two decades, from around 1910 to around 1930. It was largely an urban recreational activity, engaged in by gentlemen businessmen and upper middle class women shoppers during their downtown lunch break. It was also a competitive sport involving high school players to golf professionals. Continue reading

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Skating, Skiing, and Leif Ericson: Norwegians and their New Homeland in Chicago; Essay by Robert Pruter

Norwegian immigrants to Chicago played a huge role the development of winter sports in Chicago and suburbs, particularly speed skating, which became a major sport in the city during the 1920s and 1930s, and left a legacy of achievement that continued to send speed sskaters to the Olympics for decades afterwards. Continue reading

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Evelyne Ruth Hall: Up from Poverty to Olympic Glory: Essay by Robert Pruter

Evelyne Hall represents the great achievement of Chicago’s parks, churches, and athletic clubs that helped lift her out of a life of desperate poverty, debilitating illness, and ill education to become healthy, educated, and one of America’s outstanding female athletes and an Olympic star. Continue reading

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Betty Robinson: The Face of Chicago Women’s Track and Field; Essay By Robert Pruter

Betty Robinson became one of the famous athletes, male or female, to come out of Chicago between the wars, by virtue of her becoming America’s and the world’s first Olympic female gold medal winner in track and field, cementing her legacy to this day. Continue reading

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Sybil Bauer: World’s Greatest Female Backstroke Swimmer; Essay by Robert Pruter

Sybil Bauer soared to international fame by becoming the greatest female backstroker, taking Gold in the 1924 Olympics, setting record after record in all distances, and then tragically dying at the age of 23 in early 1927. Continue reading

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Helen Bina, Preeminent Chicago Playgrounds Product and National Champion Speedskater; Essay by Robert Pruter

Helen Bina was one of the great female champions in speedskating, winning the prestigious Silver Skates Derby in Chicago, the United States National women’s championship, and being selected as one of five American female racers who competed at the Olympic Games at Lake Placid in a demonstration sport contest with Canada. Continue reading

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Annette Rogers: The Overlooked Chicago Olympian; Essay by Robert Pruter

Annette Rogers, a world class jumper and sprinter, won two gold medals in the Olympic Games, in 1932 and 1936, each time as a member of the winning United States 400-meter relay team, but has never achieved the renowned she warranted. Continue reading

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