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Woman pens book about basketball stars

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

There are several great female athletes who have grown up in northeast Arkansas and one area was a breeding ground for basketball stars with special ties to the state and region.

In the 1930’s, the All-American Red Heads, a group of basketball players, played the sport they loved all over the Midwest.

Eventually, the team was purchased by a family from Caraway, Arkansas.

Tammy Moore Harrison’s father, Orwell Moore, bought the team in the mid-1950s.

She recently wrote a book from her father’s memoirs about the All-American Red Heads.

“Women, at one time, were believed that they were physically incapable of playing basketball, playing certain sports or any sports that had a lot of running,” Harrison said. “There was a lot of physical reasons why they thought women couldn't do this.”

Harrison said her father’s team was well-known for their red hair. The players stood out in public when they were together.

She also said the team paved the way for the future stars of the WNBA.

“All of this happened before title IX,” Harrison said. “Before the law said you had to have girl’s sports in your schools.”

The Red Heads were inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2012, the first women’s basketball team to accomplish such a feat.

Harrison’s book, “Breaking the Press”, goes on sale January 9 on Amazon.

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