April 17, 1940

The All American Red Heads, a women’s professional basketball team started in Cassville, sailed for the Philippine Islands. Started by C. M. Olson in, their fame and popularity grew as they played, and almost always beat, men’s teams. Their international fame came after a string of 96 wins in 96 days! They were inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.