Before the Women's National Basketball Association, female professional basketball players barnstormed the country playing and often defeating men’s teams. Players such as Hazel Walker, Patricia Ann and Betty Lou Johnson, Joan Rupp, Linda Yearby, and Leeone Evans became folk heroes to many high school and college players. In Arkansas, though, it was native Arkansans like Hazel Walker of Ashdown and Leeone Evans of Winthrop who stood out. Walker played three years for the All American Red Heads, and then formed her own team, the Arkansas Travelers, in 1949. It was just one of many teams that existed from the 1930s to the 1980s. These are the teams that laid the foundation for the creation of the Women’s National Basketball Association.
This is a black and white photograph of the 1960 Arkansas Lassies basketball team. Linda Yearby is the second person to the far right. The photograph is signed by Marii Witt.
Photograph, 10" x 8"
Women; Sports; Basketball; Basketball players;
Women's Professional Basketball Collection, MS.000646
Arkansas Women's History Collection
Arkansas State Archives
Arkansas Lassies Basketball Team, Women's Professional Basketball Collection, MS.000646, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas
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