1936: Speed Girls Triumph!

Speed Girls, 1936On this day in 1936, the Middletown Speed Girls triumphed over the Nutmeggers of Tulsa Business College, the national champions of the previous two years. The Speed Girls of Middletown were a semiprofessional basketball team that played during the Great Depression and into the 1940’s. Their center, ‘Pat Wotszsk, scored 20 points that day in the Speed Girls’ 28 to 15 victory, which the Hartford Courant exclaimed, “shifted the national capital of girls basketball from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Middletown, Connecticut.”

Story contributed by Deborah Shapiro.


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