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Top Basketball Player Hazel Kelfstrom: The Poster Child of Highly Commercialized Amateur Basketball in Chicago in the 1930s: Essay by Robert Pruter

Chicago top basketball player, Hazel Kelfstrom, who joined the semi-pro Taylor Trunks in 1930 at the tender age of 16, represented everything the physical education establishment found abhorrent about commercialized amateur basketball for women. But nonetheless she emerged as one of the stars in the working class amateur basketball world. Continue reading

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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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