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The Grads are playing tonight! [electronic resource] : the story of the Edmonton Commercial Graduates Basketball Club /
M. Ann Hall.
imprint
Edmonton : University of Alberta Press, c2011.
description
xxiv, 352 p. : ill., ports. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
088864602X, 9780888646026
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Edmonton : University of Alberta Press, c2011.
isbn
088864602X
9780888646026
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
11795326
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 321-329) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
M. Ann Hall is Professor Emeritus1 in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. She is the author of two previous books about Canadian women's sporting history.
Awards
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Review Quotes
"Imagine that a Canadian sports team won ninety-six per cent of all the games it ever played -- over the course of twenty-five years; that it sawed through its competition, going undefeated as it captured four consecutive Olympic championships; that it was named the best to ever play its sport, by the sport#146;s inventor, no less. Wouldn#146;t that team be an icon in Canada? Well, there is such a squad, but, unfortunately, the team is virtually unknown outside its native Alberta. I#146;m talking about the Edmonton Grads -- a women#146;s basketball team that dominated the sport between 1915 and 1940. Fortunately, M. Ann Hall has set out to cure our collective national amnesia with her new book, The Grads are Playing Tonight!... Hopefully, Hall#146;s book will help spread the story across Canada." Mark Reid, Canada's History Magazine, June-July 2012
Hall's fine book brings the Grads to life - fierce competitors who played with joyful élan. The book is also a compelling portrait of the rough-and-tumble prairie city whose civic pride was awakened by the Grads' exploits. Bruce Ward, Ottawa Citizen, February 19, 2012
#7 on the Edmonton Journal's Bestsellers list for the week of June 24, 2012.
One of the strong points of the book is that it provides personal biographies of most of the players and staff, telling of their lives after basketball. Lavishly illustrated, it is a tribute to one of Canadas great teams and a memorial to its contribution to sports history. - Alberta History, Spring 2012
# 1 on the Edmonton Journal's Bestsellers list for the week on January 08, 2012
# 2 on the Edmonton Journal's Bestsellers list for the week on February 05, 2012
"Over the years, the feats of the amazing Grads faded from memory. Few remember a team once heralded for many years as world champions.... The wonderful new book by Ms. Hall, emeritus professor at the University of Alberta, provides an informative and richly detailed account of the women who were sports pioneers. It is authoritative and deserving of a wide readership. Tom Hawthorn, The Globe and Mail, January 29, 2012 [Full article at http://bit.ly/Aj34Al]
"Almost like a fairytale, this hard-to-believe story about an almost-invincible female basketball team and their committed coach, J. Percy Page (later Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta), comes alive in the pages of The Grads are Playing Tonight! Well-written and engaging throughout its ten chapters, the book focuses on not only the adventurous tales of the Grads, but also of Edmonton coming into its own as an important city in Western Canada. In this feel-good book there is something for everyone--sports fans, history buffs, feminists, educators, scholars, politicians, and readers who dare to dream the impossible. A story within many stories, The Grads are Playing Tonight! reaffirms a city is more than a place on the map--it is the people who live there and make it home. The Grads are Playing Tonight! will continue to play itself out in readers' heads long after they shut its covers." - Jury comments, Trade Non-Fiction Book Award, BPAA, June 2012.
"Three years before they were given the right to vote in Canada, a team of female basketball players in Edmonton started a 25-year journey of world-wide fame and victory, proving that women certainly had the mental and physical capacity to do more than stay prim and proper." Rebecca Medel, The Gateway, January 18, 2012 [Full article at http://thegatewayonline.ca/article/view/grads_basketball]
"...the team which holds the most victories in the history of North American sport. The Edmonton Grads were a women's basketball team that held North America's attention for 25 years as the team challenged preconceptions about gender and sport." Samantha Powers, VUE Weekly, January 19-25, 2012
# 2 on the Edmonton Journal's Bestsellers list for the week on February 26, 2012
# 6 on the Edmonton Journal's Bestsellers list for the week on April 23, 2012
When a team wins 95% of its games, it earns a certain place in sports history. The Grads are Playing Tonight! The Story of the Edmonton Commercial Graduates Basketball Club" discusses the domination by the Edmonton Grads for a quarter century under the guidance of J. Percy Page. Not only winning championships, they traveled the world to continue their domination. "The Grads are Playing Tonight!" is a strongly recommended pick..." - Wisconsin Bookwatch, February 2012
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Summaries
Main Description
Between 1915 and 1940 the amazing Edmonton Grads dominated women's basketball in Canada. Coached by J. Percy Page, they played over 400 official games, losing only 20; they travelled more than 125,000 miles in Canada, the United States, and Europe; and they crossed the Atlantic three times to defend their "world" title at exhibition games held in conjunction with the Summer Olympics in Paris, Amsterdam, and Berlin. Meticulously researched and documented--including capsule biographies of all 38 women who played for the Grads over the years--the story of the Edmonton Grads will enthrall fans of sport history and women in sport.
Main Description
Between 1915 and 1940 the amazing Edmonton Grads dominated women’s basketball in Canada. Coached by J. Percy Page, they played over 400 official games, losing only 20; they travelled more than 125,000 miles in Canada, the United States, and Europe; and they crossed the Atlantic three times to defend their “world” title at exhibition games held in conjunction with the Summer Olympics in Paris, Amsterdam, and Berlin. Meticulously researched and documented—including capsule biographies of all 38 women who played for the Grads over the years—the story of the Edmonton Grads will enthrall fans of sport history and women in sport.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Between 1915 and 1940 the Edmonton Grads dominated women's basketball in Canada. They played over 400 official games, losing only 20. Meticulously researched and documented, including capsule biographies of all 38 women who played for the Grads over the years, this book will enthral fans of sport history and women in sport.
Main Description
Between 1915 and 1940 the amazing Edmonton Grads dominated women's basketball in Canada. Coached by J. Percy Page, they played over 400 official games, losing only 20; they travelled more than 125,000 miles in Canada, the United States, and Europe; and they crossed the Atlantic three times to defend their &"world&" title at exhibition games held in conjunction with the Summer Olympics in Paris, Amsterdam, and Berlin. Meticulously researched and documented -- including capsule biographies of all 38 women who played for the Grads over the years -- the story of the Edmonton Grads will enthral fans of sport history and women in sport.
Main Description
Between 1915 and 1940 the amazing Edmonton Grads dominated women's basketball in Canada. Coached by J. Percy Page, they played over 400 official games, losing only 20; they travelled more than 125,000 miles in Canada, the United States, and Europe; and they crossed the Atlantic three times to defend their "world" title at exhibition games held in conjunction with the Summer Olympics in Paris, Amsterdam, and Berlin. Meticulously researched and documented -- including capsule biographies of all 38 women who played for the Grads over the years -- the story of the Edmonton Grads will enthral fans of sport history and women in sport.
Main Description
Between 1915 and 1940 the amazing Edmonton Grads dominated women's basketball in Canada. Coached by J. Percy Page, they played over 400 official games, losing only 20; they travelled more than 125,000 miles in Canada, the United States, and Europe; and they crossed the Atlantic three times to defend their world title at exhibition games held in conjunction with the Summer Olympics in Paris, Amsterdam, and Berlin. Meticulously researched and documented-including capsule biographies of all 38 women who played for the Grads over the years and over 100 photos-the story of the Edmonton Grads will enthrall fans of sport history and women in sport.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xv
Acknowledgementsp. xvii
Introductionp. xix
How If Beganp. 1
Unlikely Civic Boostersp. 27
Taking On the Worldp. 49
The Crads 1915-1924p. 85
Keeping It Simplep. 111
The Crads 1925-1930p. 135
Rhythm of the Yearsp. 169
The Crads I931-1940p. 195
Papa page and the Familyp. 233
Remembering the Cradsp. 249
Chronology (1915-1940)p. 263
Honours and Awardsp. 299
Notesp. 303
Sopurcesp. 321
Indexp. 331
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