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War Risk Basketball: 1919

War Risk Basketball: 1919

Washington circa 1919. "War Risk basketball team." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Penn State Bisons

Mr Kavana, I had no intention of demeaning Penn State athletics. Further research on my part finds the actual Penn State team was the one in Berks.

Excuse me, Mr Mel

While I have tremendous respect for Gallaudet University (my great-grandmother, Alto Lowman Kavanaugh, was the first woman to graduate from Gallaudet, in 1896), I'm also a Penn State women's basketball season-ticket holder of 20+ years, and the Penn State everyone knows of, the University Park campus, has never played or lost to Gallaudet. You might tell us which community campus you're referring to.

WR BB, soon to be VB BB

The Bureau of War Risk Insurance began as a neutral nation's attempt to provide insurance for marine vessels, and blossomed into a source of other insurance for merchant marines, then servicemen and their families. When "war risk" ended in November 1918, the agency's work did not (because of the need to handle countless remaining claims). But Congress abolished the Bureau in August 1921, transferring its remaining functions to the newly-created Veterans Bureau.

She's got Leggs!

At first I thought that their bare legs were shown, but the full size reveals that they wore stockings. Victorian modesty still ruled the day.

What's in a Name?

Celtics, Trailblazers, Lakers--yes. War Risk? Uh, we'll get back to you on that team name. Makes you wonder what their mascot was, a bomb?

Gallaudet Women

The War Risk group looks more like a football team. They defeated a non-hearing team that had to look for their opponents. On December 11, 2011 the Gallaudet Bisons team defeated the Penn State Women 85-55.

B-Ball Rompers

Washington Post, February 22, 1920.

War Risk Girls Romp to 36-11 Court Win.

Scoring almost at will, War Risk girls romped to a 36-to-11 victory over Gallaudet in the basketball game played at Epiphany gymnasium yesterday. The government workers rushed into a commanding lead at the outset, registering 12 points before the Kendall Green tossers broke into the scoring column.

War Risk used two capable sets of forwards, List and Gelman caging the ball 11 times, while Ryan and Chickering tossed 7 baskets in the final period. Rogers and Maloy did excellent guarding for the winners. Flemer put up the best game for Gallaudet.

Nice barbells

Although I feel I would need to grow a swarthy mustache before I could lift them.

Dribble Quibble

Those old basketballs with the laces and the less than perfectly round shape must have been a challenge to dribble. Kind of like bouncing a fat football.

A Comely Group

There is a beauty within each of them that comes from within and without, a peacefulness that seems to convey contentment, wholesomeness, good health and happiness. I find this an uplifting picture of eleven nice ladies.

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