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All American Red Heads

Enshrined 2012

Biography

The All American Red Heads barnstormed the country for the better part of six decades playing to packed houses at every stop. Formed in 1936, the all-female five played men’s teams by men’s rules, shattering stereotypes about female athletes and overcoming social barriers that existed on and off the basketball court. The Red Heads played upwards of 200 games in a single season from coast to coast eventually making stops in Alaska, Canada, Mexico, and the Philippines. The girls with the flaming red hair asked no favors of the men. Owners C.M. Olson and Orwell Moore stacked their rosters with the finest players available. The Red Heads played it straight during the early stanzas of games and then put on a show of fancy dribbling, trick shooting, and rapid-fire passing. The girls impressed with their skill, their talent, and their humor. The All American Red Heads were trailblazers and remain the longest-running women’s professional franchise in the history of basketball.

Career Highlights

First women’s team enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Played men’s team by men’s rules
Shattered stereotypes about female athletes
Won 96 straight games