Imagine playing basketball in a dress.
If you were on the girls' b-ball team at school, back a hundred years ago, you would be.
Incredible? I have it in a photograph. They sure did. Or at least culottes. No telling how well they played, but play they did.
Thanks to that set of pictures sent to me from the Fort Meade, Florida, Historical Society and Museum, one is clearly labeled with all the names on the girls' team, including the position each girl played.
On the off chance that someone will be googling their grandmother's name, I'll include the list below. One never knows.
Unfortunately, though, the photograph is quite pixel-y. I can barely make out the outline of my grandmother's face (Rubie McClellan on the far left in the back row)—although some of the players in the front row are more clear. We really are spoiled, now, by the technology we take for granted.
Above: The Fort Meade, Florida, Girls' Basketball team, circa 1915, as numbered:
1). Rubie McClellan - Guard
2). Thelma Smith - Sub. Forward
3). Mildred Fancy - Sub. Jumping Center
4). Marian Yearwood - Running Center
5). Carrie Lightsey - Forward
6). Alma Hattaway - Sub. Running Center
7). Emma Arnold - Guard
8). Lalla Davis - Forward
9). Billie Williams - Jumping Center (Captain)
10). Wilma Dampier - Sub. Forward
All above as labeled on the reverse of the photograph, appearing to be in my grandmother's hand: