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."
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"Narrator Virginia Wolf's modulated performance lets this exciting sports story almost tell itself. Her approach works since there's action aplenty in this audiobook. Set in the depths of the Depression, the story involves a remarkable and little heralded sports feat. In the early 1930s, coach Sam Babb's Cardinals, from tiny Oklahoma Presbyterian College, twice won the AAU basketball championship. Wolf's understated style seems fitting for this dramatic true tale of braving the hardships of the era. The story is also a kind of social history of women's sports. This audiobook puts the listener virtually in the players' sneakers as these talented farm girls will their way to victory. A.D.M. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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