The All- American Readheads
Written by : Tina Easley
I can remember seeing this group of womens professional basketball players at Greene County Tech my 7th grade year they were amazing. So I decided to do some research and here is what I found out. Hope you enjoy .
Thank You So much from all the Players for giving permission to post your information to the site.
Keep checking back for more information .
Feb. 25 , 1951 - The Paris News Sports - Edition ,
"Caption - Below Photo"
AT DELMAR TODAY - THESE ALL-AMERICAN RED HEADS, NATIONALLY KNOWN TRAVELING TEAM OF GIRL CAGERS , WILL PLAY THE PARIS TRAVELERS IN AN EXHIBITION GAME THIS AFTERNOON AT DELMAR HIGH GYM , SOUTH OF PARIS ON THE DALLAS HIGHWAY.
RED HEADS ARE LEFT TO REGHT , RED MASON , BUTCH MOORE , JOHNNYE FARLEY , MYRTLE WALLACE , BONNIE GILLILAND , MABLE MATLOCK AND RUBY HAYES. STAR OF THE TEAM IS RED MASON , CALLED THE FEMALE " RED SKELTON " OF THE BASKETBALL COURT.
Donated by Tyler Matlock
THANK YOU !
Throughout the 1930s and '40s, crowds gathered regularly to watch women play basketball. The AAU--Amateur Athletic Union--consisted of teams sponsored by companies such as Hanes Hosiery and Dr Pepper. The All-American Redheads were an exhibition team much like the Harlem Globetrotters. Before TV, women's basketball often drew larger crowds than men's, according to Elva E. Bishop's documentary .
The All- American Readheads womens basketball team they played from 1936 to 1986 . In 1936, the All-American Redheads became the first womens team to play by mens rules and against mens teams.
In 1938 C. M . Olson sponsored the Redheads as well as the Ozark Hillbillies, Olson's Terrible Swedes . In 1938 the Redheads were from Cassville , Mo. The femine courtsters, who were touring the east in 1938 claimed to have played before a half million people since they begin in 1936.
The starting line up in 1938 was six - footers Hazel Smith , Gladys Lommler , Ruth Oshburn , Blue and Kay Kirkpatrick . Two of the members don't quite make the six-foot mark are Hazel Vickers , Peggy Lawson . This femine team plays only men's teams under men's rules . The girls are employees of the Olson Beauty Salons in Missouri.
Orwell Moore of Craighead County , Arkansas began coaching the All - American team in 1948 . His wife Lorene "Butch" Moore played on the team and was the most successful scorer in the history of the Redheads , scoring 35,426 points in 11 seasons . She could sink 25 free throws in a row from a kneeling position at the free throw line. Orwell and Lorene bought the team and moved its to Caraway , Arkansas in 1955. Orwell Moore was highly successful high school coach before taking over the Redheads .In 1953 Moore was receiving a salary better in comparison to the best college coaches.
In 1953 Ruby "Tex" Hayes from Senath , Missouri was the top defensive ace and helped uncork many of the Redheads tricks and comedy acts. She was a standout rebounder in 1953 she was in her fourth season with the Redheads .
|Name||Notes and Years Played|
|Retha "Rusty" Carter Goodson||I played basketball and softball at Greene County Tech. I graduated from there in 1954. I played basketball with The All American Redheads for two years. 1958-59 and 1959-60|
|Pat Overman||Pat Overman and I played with the All American Red Heads from 1962 until 1973. I live in Jonesboro, Arkansas with my husband who was the coach for the Red Heads from 1961 to 1973. (Ben Overman)|
|Marsha Tate||Marsha Tate and I played with the Red Heads for 3 years from 1974-1977. I am originally from Black Rock but now live in Jonesboro.|
|Judy Cameron||Played 1963-1968, I am from Sherwood|
|Barbara Wells Gwinn||I'm from Caraway,Arkansas
and I played on the Red Heads in the year of 1956 &
57. Yes I would like to be listed on the site.
|Aaronette Eifling Housley||was born in Dyess Arkansas, lived in Joiner and went to school at Shawnee School through the eight grade(thats where I learned to play basketball). Moved to Hughes, Ark. and lived there for 2 years before moving to Louisiana. 65-66|
|Shelby Teddar||Light , Arkansas|
|Barbara Schrable||Viola , Arkansas|
|Georgia Norris||Played from 1961 to 1966 (one year out with a knee injury)|
|Kathy Styles||Played 1971 , played 1 season|
|Diane Martinson||76 - 77|
|Phyllis Mauldin||1942 - 44 , Lives in Ohio|