All American Red Heads
The All American Red Heads was one of the first professional women’s basketball teams. In 1936, almost 50 years after women's basketball began, C.M "Ole" Olson would start a barnstorming team which would play around the country until 1986. The name of the team came from Olson's wife, who owned a number of beauty salons in the south. They played by men's rules and were a smash success with the audience. They were so successful as an exhibition team that they fostered two other teams, the Ozark Hillbillies and the Famous Red Heads.
Two of the early players for the team were Geneva(Jean) and Jo Langerman. Jean and Jo were the twin daughters of "Mama" Langerman, a single beautician who moved from town to town. The twins lead three different teams to the state tournament, finishing third in 1931 at Whittemore, Iowa, and winning the state championships while at Parkersburg, and Hampton, Iowa in 1932, and 1933. Following their high school career, they played for an AAU team, winning the national championship in 1934, then joined the All American Redheads. As a result of their accomplishments, they were inducted into the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Basketball Hall of Fame.
Orwell Moore, a high school coach, coached two of the teams from 1948 and then purchased them. The teams boasted AAU All American players and stars like Peggy Lawson, Kay Kirkpatrick, and Hazel Walker. Other stars included Willa “Red” Mason, Johnny Farley, Jolene Ammons and Cheryl Clark. Orwell Moore’s wife, Lorene “Butch” Moore was also a spectacular Red Heads player. Through the 1960s and 70s, three teams toured. During the off-season, players taught basketball to girls. Orwell also began Camp Courage, a basketball camp for girls. Charlotte Adams, Glenda Hall, Kay O’Bryan and Jolene Ammons became player coaches.
The All American Red Heads would have up to 3 teams on the road at the same time. Seasons would run from October to the end of April or the beginning of May. the season would consist of approximately 200 games and the teams would travel over 40,000 miles by car.