Tag Archives: women’s sports

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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Helen Filkey: How Missing the Olympics Crushed Her Dream of Track and Field Immortality; Essay by Robert Pruter

Helen Filkey was Chicago’s first great female track and field champion, setting national and world records from when she first entered sport in 1923 until her retirement in 1931. 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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Lois Littlejohn: Working Class Pioneer In Speedskating and Cycling; Essay by Robert Pruter

Lois Littlejohn overcame a dirt poor upbringing to become a national champion speedskater and a local champion cyclist, benefitting from support of the extensive sport institutions of modern Chicago.. 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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Nan Gindele: Chicago’s Star of Track and Field and Softball; Essay by Robert Pruter

Nan Gindele was an Olympian, a national javelin throw champion and three time baseball throw champion, and a member of two national championship softball teams. 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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