Category Archives: Amateur Women’s Basketball

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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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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Violet Krubaeck: A Remarkable Chicago Athlete in Basketball, Softball, and Track and Field; Essay by Robert Pruter

Violet Krubaeck’s stellar amateur career exemplifies how the sport institutions of the Chicago–the churches, the parks, and the clubs–together helped develop her into a great basketball, softball, and track champion. Continue reading

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Isadore Channels and the Roamer Girls: a Great African American Basketball and Tennis Star; Essay by Robert Pruter

Isadore Channels was one of the great African American athletes of the 1920s, a four-time singles winner of the African American national tennis tournament and captain of the top female black basketball team, the Roamer Girls. Continue reading

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Tidye Pickett: African American Olympic Track and Field Pioneer; Essay by Robert Pruter

Olympian Tidye Pickett exemplifies pioneering achievement for the African American athlete and for black America in general, her athletic breakthroughs that would eventually lead to the post-Civil Rights era of almost full legal and significant social integration into American society. Continue reading

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Marion and Mercedes DeSutter, Phenomenal Twin Basketball Stars in 1930s Chicago; Essay by Robert Pruter

Marion and Mercedes DeSutter became stars in Chciago amateur basketball not only for their exceptional talent but also because the newspapers were taken with twins and sisters in their promotion of women’s basketball. Continue reading

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Catherine Fellmuth: An Unknown Great Multi-Sports Athlete; Essay by Robert Pruter

Unheralded sportswoman Catherine Fellmuth probably surpassed the great Babe Didrikson in all-around athletic achievement. Continue reading

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Anne Goldstein: Chicago’s Most Outstanding Jewish Woman Athlete Between the Wars; Essay by Robert Pruter

Anne Goldstein’s many athletic triumphs, particularly in basketball and softball, represents one of the grand achievements of Jewish-American culture in modern urban Chicago. Continue reading

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