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Bivins All Stars Chicago. Women World Basket Ball Champions
Carroll Printing Co, [Chicago], 1940. 19" x 12¼". Broadside/Poster. Good plus: multiple old folds, a couple of tiny separations at folds, a few faint stains. This is an advertising poster for an all-female, all African American traveling basketball team, the Bivins All Stars. The team first formed in December, 1934 and were originally known as the "Club Store Coeds." They were coached and promoted by Dick Hudson who billed them as "The Roamer Girls," when they traveled and played throughout the Western United States. According to Robert Pruder's essay in "Before Jackie Robinson: The Transcendent Role of Black Sporting Pioneers" (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), "From 1935 through 1938 Hudson's team regularly made trips through the western half of the United States, hitting small towns and billed as 'national colored girl champions' or some variation. Hudson's big drawing card was his six-foot-seven-and-a-half player Helen 'Streamline' Smith (from Lemoyne College), whom he usually billed as being seven feet tall. This team played both men's and women's teams." In December, 1939, the team was taken over by Matthew Bivins, Jr. and he renamed them the Bivins All Stars. Over the winter of 1939-40 the women featured on this poster played throughout Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan. In 1941 they had yet another sponsor and went by either "The Co-eds" or "Chicago Co-eds." The poster lists the names of the women on the team, where they played in college, and notable information about them. Of particular importance is the presence of Tidye (misspelled here as "Tydie") Pickett, the fi … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Langdon Manor Books [Houston, TX, U.S.A.]
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