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The Complex Story of the Barnstorming Chocolate Co-Eds of Chicago: Exemplification of Black Achievement or Circus Side Show?; Essay by Robert Pruter

The Chocolate Co-Eds were a female African-American team from Chicago that barnstormed throughout the Midwestern and Western states to primarily white rural audiences as a novelty team from 1934 to 1950. They played mostly boys’ and men’s teams under modified rules and added colorful antics to their game. The Chocolate Co-Eds for a couple of years in the early 1950s also toured and competed in softball against women teams, black and white.
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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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Harry Wilson and Dena Schaper: Chicago Husband and Wife Team, A Driving Force For Women’s Basketball, Women’s Softball, and other Amateur Sports, 1921-1954; Essay by Robert Pruter

The married couple of Harry Wilson and Dena Schaper were significant contributors to the development of amateur and women sports during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. With Harry Wilson coaching and Dena Schaper playing, the two made the Taylor Trunks the greatest amateur team playing men’s rules basketball in the country. Harry Wilson went on to become a huge promoter and contributor of amateur and women sports in Chicago, particularly in basketball and softball. 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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