Dust bowl girls The inspiring story of the team that barnstormed its way to basketball glory

Lydia Reeder

Sound recording - 2017

"At the height of the Great Depression, Sam Babb, the charismatic basketball coach of tiny Oklahoma Presbyterian College, began dreaming. Like so many others, he wanted a reason to have hope. Traveling from farm to farm, he recruited talented, hardworking young women and offered them a chance at a better life: a free college education if they would come play for his basketball team, the Cardinals. Despite their fears of leaving home and the sacrifices faced by their families, the women foll...owed Babb and his dream. He shaped the Cardinals into a formidable team, and something extraordinary began to happen: with passion for the game and heartfelt loyalty to one another and their coach, they won every game. Combining exhilarating sports writing and exceptional storytelling, Dust Bowl Girls conveys the intensity of an improbable journey to an epic showdown with the prevailing national champions, helmed by the legendary Babe Didrikson. And it captures a moment in American sports history when a visionary coach helped his young athletes achieve more than a winning season"--

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Published
Minneapolis, MN : HighBridge Audio [2017]
Edition
Unabridged
Language
English
Item Description
Compact discs.
Physical Description
7 audio discs (8 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN
9781681681986
1681681986
Main Author
Lydia Reeder (author)
Other Authors
Virginia (Narrator) Wolf (narrator)
  • New recruit
  • The making of a coach
  • The field house, 4 a.m
  • A good shot maker believes in herself
  • Choctaw town
  • A man's sport
  • Weak ankles and weaker nerves
  • Barnstorm
  • End game
  • Babe Didrikson and the Golden Cyclones
  • Guts and glory
  • Next stop, Shreveport
  • Brains, beauty, and ball handling
  • A team that won't be beat can't be beat
  • A hometown welcome.
Review by Booklist Reviews

In 1931, coach Sam Babb aimed to shape the Oklahoma Presbyterian College Cardinals, the school's women's basketball team, into a national-championship-winning team. Narrator Wolf immerses listeners in the spirit, hard work, self-doubt, and determination of Doll, Coral, Lucille, Toka Lee, and the rest of the Cardinals as they challenge the best teams in the nation, including the number-one-ranked Cyclones. Whenever the girls take the court, Wolf's intensity and sharp pacing make the games come to vivid life. Author Reeder, Babb's great-niece, researched the girls' stories extensively, and Wolf's warmhearted reading reveals their personalities. Against the backdrop of the worsening Depression, a school in dire need of funds, and the restrictive views of women during that time, Wolf's reading emphasizes the hope and energy these girls brought to their town and families. This feel-good story will appeal to lovers of underdog tales, sports fans, and women's-history buffs. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

This is the story of an underdog women's basketball team from a small religious college during the Great Depression. Coached by the one-legged son of a preacher, the Cardinals of Oklahoma Presbyterian College took on the best amateur teams in the country, including the historically successful Texas Golden Cyclones and their leader, future Olympian Babe Didrikson. Unfortunately, the writing can be frustrating, despite the absorbing subject matter, with questionable scene re-creations that at times lapse into hagiography—the author is the coach's grand-niece. The reading by Virginia Wolf is adequate, but at times her attempts at accents grates. VERDICT This is a fascinating history of a very different sports world that can't help but draw the listener in, despite its flaws. Recommended for fans of women's sports, history, Southern stories, and, of course, Sooners fans. ["This hidden gem of a story deserves a place in all public library collections": LJ 9/15/16 starred review of the Algonquin hc.]—Tristan Boyd, Austin, TX Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In her comfortable, slightly husky voice, actor Wolf offers a warm, earnest narration of this inspiring story about a championship women's basketball team during the Great Depression. The coach of a tiny Oklahoma Presbyterian College sought out poor farm girls who showed athletic prowess in high school and offered them a free college education to play on his basketball team, the Cardinals. With a caring coach, fine teamwork, and high spirit, the young women overcome all the social strictures against female athletes and became the 1932 American Athletic Union national tournament champions. Wolf's expressive reading will keep listeners invested in this lost piece of Depression-era history. The audiobook will appeal to both adult and YA listeners. An Algonquin hardcover. (Jan.) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Traces the Depression-era efforts of a charismatic basketball coach from tiny Oklahoma Presbyterian College who recruited talented young women to join his basketball team in exchange for a prospect-bolstering college education.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

At the height of the Great Depression, Sam Babb, the charismatic basketball coach of tiny Oklahoma Presbyterian College, began dreaming. Like so many others, he wanted a reason to have hope. Traveling from farm to farm, he recruited talented, hardworking young women and offered them a chance at a better life: a free college education if they would come play for his basketball team, the Cardinals. Despite their fears of leaving home and the sacrifices faced by their families, the women followed Babb and his dream. He shaped the Cardinals into a formidable team, and something extraordinary began to happen: with passion for the sport and heartfelt loyalty to one another and their coach, they won every game. For author Lydia Reeder, this is a family story: coach Sam Babb is her great-uncle. When her grandmother handed her a worn, yellowed folder that contained newspaper articles, letters, and photographs of Sam and the Cardinals, she said, You might want to tell their story someday. Now, with extensive research and the gathered memories of the surviving Cardinals, she has."

Review by Publisher Summary 3

For author Lydia Reeder, this is a family story: coach Sam Babb is her great-uncle. When her grandmother handed her a worn, yellowed folder that contained newspaper articles, letters, and photographs of Sam and the Cardinals, she said, You might want to tell their story someday. Now, with extensive research and the gathered memories of the surviving Cardinals, she has.