All American Red Heads more book #aarh

Only 16 years after women won the right to vote, a women’s basketball team out of Cassville, Missouri jumped into a car and began a tour of America, playing basketball against men by their rules and breaking every social rule that had been set for them. The team was the All American Red Heads, a team that would barnstorm the country for 50 years.

The Red Heads were successful and spawned other women’s barnstorming teams that spread the word across the fruited plain that women can play basketball too.

Barnstorming America—Stories from the Pioneers of Women’s Basketball features stories from many players from the Hall of Fame Red Heads as well as other teams such as the Arkansas Travelers, Ozark Hillbillies, Shooting Stars, Arkansas Gems and others. Also included are stories from performers in the first professional leagues—the WBL and WBA—forerunners of today’s WNBA.

Also included in Barnstorming America are stories about—

· The first women to ever play in the NCAA, many years before the NCAA had women’s basketball teams.

· Donna Orender, a WBL All-Star, member of the U.S. National Team and later commissioner of the WNBA.

· The barnstorming team that had to leave the Philippines on a cattle boat, led by a mine sweeper, prior to the invasion by Japan during World War II.

· The team that played a game at a military base and had to use helicopters in a hangar as dressing rooms.

· Life on the road, with grueling schedules—often featuring eight games a week—and the adventures that accompany traveling thousands of miles a week.

· Players who felt a need to pack a revolver in their purse for protection.

So come along for the ride as we Barnstorm America with over 80 women who helped bring women’s basketball into the mainstream culture.

Book of the Year


  New England Basketball Hall of Fame

"Barnstorming America is must-read material for any basketball fan".

John Doleva - CEO Naismth Basketball Hall of Fame

This book is a MUST !!!

It is "A League of Their Own" mixed with a bit of "Forest Gump" in chronicling American History and Women's Basketball at the same time.

Chris Voelz - Honda Sports Cup

"Barnstorming America", does for women's' basketball what "Only the Ball Was White" did for the Negro Baseball Leagues. It is a must read"

David Strong, CT Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

We know that we stand on the shoulders of giants.  Thank you, John, for sharing these priceless stories with us.”

Danielle Donehew - WBCA

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