Good day. My name is John Molina. I am an avid fan of the history of women's basketball and am very dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the history of womens basketball since it started in 1892.
I want to thank all of you that are helping this exhibition grow and eventually become a museum. Your personal gifts of uniforms, pictures, posters from and much more from your own playing days or your mother, grandmother and others, has helped greatly and will be preserved for many to view and learn from.
Some that have donated to help preserve the history of womens basketball:
The WNBAUniversity of ConnecticutUniversity of Tennessee
Molly (Bolin) Kazmer - WBL all star and MVP
Orwell Moore - Owner of All American Red HeadsCentral Connecticut State University
University of ArkansasWomen's Basketball Hall of FameThe United States Golf Association
Jolene Ammons - All American Red Head
Barb Hostert - All American Red Head
Spanky Losier - All American Red Head
Jessie Banks - All American Red Head
Martha Carswell - WBPA Pink Panthers
Family of Peggy Lawson Surface
Linda Yearby - Owner/player Arkansas Lassies, Shooting Stars
Cyndi (Merserve) Bona - First woman to play in NCAA
Liz McGovern - Manhattanville College, Fordham Univ 1979The Granny Basketball League 6 on 6 in Iowa
Women Impacting the Next Era
Stephen Fox - Springfield Spirit
National Women's Basketball League
Above is John Molina and Rutgers Coach, C. Vivian Stringer.
FINAL 4 in BOSTON 2006
An exhibit of this work was on display at the 2006 Final 4 in Boston (sponsored by the CT Women's Basketball Hall of Fame).
Top College Coaches, Olympic coaches and professional players stopped and viewed this work.
Here is what some of them had to say:
"Thanks for everything that you have done for the game" C. Vivian Stringer - Head Coach: Rutgers
"Thanks for all you are doing for the Women's Game"
Linda K Sharp - Head Coach at Concordia (former 2 time National Champion Coach at USC 1983, 1984)
"Dear John, Your dedication to our effort is terrific and I just would like to say thank you. Continue to do good work for "us girls"
Teresa Grentz - 1992 USA Olympic Coach
"What a great collection of memorabilia and history....awesome!"
Lindsay Whalen - WNBA All-Star, Connecticut SunThe All American Red Heads
have been nominated to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame
for consideration for induction as a "Team".
No Women's basketball team is inducted as a "team" in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Please Contact the Author, John Molina
for further details.
A bit on the history (there are 3 pages on this specific web site).
Basket ball (as it was commonly known) had just been invented by Dr. James Naismith for his students at the YMCA Training School in Springfield Mass in the winter of 1891.
A few miles up the Connecticut River was the home of Smith College for girls in Northampton. In 1892, the physical education teacher, Senda Berenson used it in her classes. The purpose of the game was for physical fitness for her ladies.
Senda would change some of Naismith's rules to strive teamwork and cooperation, rather then competition.
She would break the court into 3 zones and 9 players would exist on each team. Each zone would have 3 players in it.
No player could leave her zone. The player could only hold the ball 3 seconds and dribble the ball 3 times before passing. This reduced the ability for single players to become stars and required the effort of all.
No snatching of the ball was allowed as well.
On March 21st 1893, the first collegiate game was played at Smith. The freshman class played the sophomore class. The doors to the gym were locked and no men were allowed in to watch, as it was not considered socially acceptable.
In this first game, each basket was worth 1 point. The class of 1896 would go on to defeat the class of 95 5-4, and the history was born.
Women's Basket ball would spread very quickly across the country.
By 1896 it was established at several colleges and in April of 1896, the first intercollegiate game was played.
This was between Stanford and Berkley. This was a game of 9 versus 9.
The male gender would again be boycotted from the event. Women were assigned to the windows and doors to ensure none of these men would interrupt the game.
In this game, no player was allowed to run more then 5 feet before passing it on. .
Stanford won the first ever inter-collegiate game 2-1 over Berkeley.
Much like the Women's Basketball Museum, the Women's Poker Hall of Fame
celebrates the greats in the game of poker and those that has helped to
contribute to the ever growing number of women that Play Poker