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EDMONTON 




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OF BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS 

1915-1940 



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Publication of this souvenir booklet was made 

possible by the support of the Royal Bank of Canada 

Published m 1975 




CANADA 

PUBLIC ARCHIVES 
ARCHIVES PUBLIQUES 



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• ••••• 




Introduction 




••••• 



This is not just a com- 
memorative booklet. It is also a 
book of records, containing the 
most impressive statistics ever es- 
tablished by any basketball team, 
and likely, any team in any sport. 

If this were the history of a 
professional team, made up of the 
best players money could buy, it 
would be outstanding. Or if this 
were the history of a team from a 
large university, drawing the cream 
of amateur players from an entire 
region, it would be still outstanding 
But this IS the history of a team 
made up, over its 25-year history, 
of female graduates from one 
specific high school (except for two 
players) in a relatively small Cana- 
dian city 

It is amazing! 

There is some basis for fear that 
the accomplishments of this team, 
which existed from 1915 to 1940, 
might in time become forgotten. 

For instance, in a recent year, a 
U.S. university basketball team was 
hailed as a record-breaker, and its 
coach named Sportsman of the 
Year, when it won its 61st con- 
secutive game 

But the Edmonton Commercial 
Grads won 147 consecutive games 
in local, national and world-wide 
competition Then, after losing one 
game, they came back with a 78- 



game winning spree. These are 
records that still stand, and might 
continue to stand for all time. 

Another "record" claimed in a 
widely circulated book is for the 
most consecutive foul shots made 
— 56, scored by a highly paid 
professional. But Margaret 
MacBurney of the Grads scored 61 
consecutive foul shots during a 
half-time shooting exhibition at a 
game in 1931. 

An occasional team these days 
wins all its games in a season. But 
not only did the Grads win all their 
games in several seasons; they 
won 96 2% of 522 games they 
played in their 25-vear history. And 
they played against the best 
challengers available, including, on 
nine occasions, men's teams (seven 
of which they defeated) 

In the annals of sport, there are 
teams that have been consistent 
winners of league, national or inter- 
national titles, sometimes 
stretching a record of cham- 
pionships over eight or ten years 
But once the Grads won a trophy 
they stubbornly hung on to it, 
sometimes for decades 
• In provincial play, they won the 
championship in their first year 
of existence (1915) and con- 
tinued to win It 23 of the 24 
times they competed for it: 



• In the Western Canadian cham- 
pionships, the Grads won all 21 
games they played from 1 926 to 
1940: 

• In Canadian championships, the 
Grads never lost a series, from 
commencement of title play in 
1922 to the teams disbanding 
in 1940 They won 29 of 31 
games played: 

• In Canada-United States com- 
petition, the Grads won the 
Underwood International Trophy 
every year from inception of the 
series in 1923, to 1940, when 
they were presented with the 
trophy as a permanent posses- 
sion. 

• In world-wide competition, the 
Grads attended four Olympics, 
although women's basketball 
was not officially an Olympic 
sport They won all 27 exhibition 
games played against top Euro- 
pean challengers. 

So to your list of great sports 
teams — the Maple Leafs and 
Canadiens of hockey, Notre Dame 
of university football, the Yankees 
of baseball — add the Edmonton 
Commercial Grads of women's 
basketball But put their name 
at the top, for their record has not 
been approached by the others. 

To ensure that this record does 
not perish, this booklet has been 
prepared. 



>••• 




The Finest Basketballleam 

That Ever 

Stepped On A Floor 




••••• 



On a day in 1914 in the then- 
small city of Edmonton, two men 
flipped a com The outcome of the 
flip was to mark the beginning of 
the most spectacular story in Cana- 
dian sports history, for the loser 
was to become the most successful 
athletic coach of all time 

The men who flipped the com 
were J Percy Page, at 25 a newly 
appointed teacher at McDougall 
Commercial High School, and 
another teacher, Ernest E Hyde 
Neither man felt capable of con- 
ducting a physical education 
program for the 60 girls in the 
school, so they had chosen this 
way of deciding who was to do it 

Mr. Page was the loser of the 
toss so he set about teaching the 
game of basketball, which he had 
played rather ordinarily, he ad- 
mitted, m his youth and which he 
had taught earlier to other students 
in New Brunswick and Ontario 

Being a thorough man, he 
bought books about developing 



skills m the game and passed along 
his knowledge to the girls 

Success came early Despite 
having only an outdoor cinder court 
to play on, the McDougall 
Commercial Girls won every game 
m their first year, becoming holders 
of the Richardson Trophy for 
supremacy among Edmonton 
schoolgirls teams. 

The next year, in the spring of 
1915 McDougall Commercial Girls 
went boldly into a provincial cham- 
pionship series against the older 
Camrose Normal School team 
They emerged victorious 

At the end of that season, the 
team members decided they would 
like to continue playing the game, 
even though they were graduating 
from high school So they formed 
the Commercial Graduates Basket- 
ball Team on June 15, 1915 — and 
thus was born the name which was 
to be carried through the next 25 
years to world-wide fame as the 
most successful team ever to play a 
sport. 



Mr Page stayed with his team 
throughout its history. For over 20 
years he missed not a single prac- 
tice or game, and in the entire 25 
years of play missed only three 
games — once when he skipped a 
curling rink to provincial 
supremacy, and twice during elec- 
tion campaigns while running 
(successfully) for political office 

Another story of devotion can be 
told about the players. Many had 
long records of service For exam- 
ple, the first captain, Winnie Martin, 
stayed on from 1915 to 1924 ex- 
cept for one year when she attend- 
ed university in Eastern Canada 

The team retained its close con- 
nection with McDougall Commer- 
cial School, holding its practices 
there. Also, they continued to look 
to the school for new team 
members who came through a 
"farm system" developed by Mr. 
Page. Girls in the school played the 
game on a junior team, went on to 
a senior team and then to the 




1922 Left to Right Daisy Johnson. J P Page. Nellie Perry. 
Eleanor Mountifield, Dorothy Johnson. Winnie Mar- 
tin and Connie Smith. 



1923 Left to Right Eleanor Mountifield, Connie Smith. Ab- 
bie Kennedy. Dorothy Johnson. Nellie Perry. Winnie 
Martin, Elizabeth EIrick and Mary Dunn. 



Gradettes. a team made up of 
players with the ability to be a 
Grad, but having to wait their turn 
for an opening. Since only 38 
played on the Grads over a 25-year 
period, there sometimes was a long 
wait to step up 

One of the first problems faced 
by the Grads was finding suitable 
competition for regular season 
games Being ex-students, they 
were barred from school leagues 
They found the solution by playing 
against men's teams in their prac- 
tice sessions 

The system obviously worked 
From 1915 to 1922, the Grads 
played 147 official games and lost 
not one — as noted elsewhere, the 
still unbroken record in any sport 

The Grads did have a losing 
streak at one time. In 1933, they 
lost three games in a row, all to the 
same team, the Durant, Oklahoma, 
Cardinals There was reason — the 
games were played under girls' 
rules, to which the Grads were un- 
accustomed But that was their 
longest and only losing streak, and 
three years later they had their 
revenge by defeating the team 

Throughout their history, the 
Grads' name remained on the 



Provincial Championship trophy ex- 
cept for one year — 1921 That 
year, the Grads won against the 
University of Alberta 17-13, but 
the game was protested because 
one of the Grads' players was not a 
graduate, but still a student at 
McDougall Commercial High In 
other words, the protest was made 
because the team used a student 
too young, rather than too old, for 
the team A new game was played, 
which the University won 29-23 

In 1922, a team in London, On- 
tario, the Shamrocks, claimed the 
Canadian championship without 
considering the possibility of com- 
petition in the West. The Grads 
protested, so the Shamrocks in- 
vited them to travel to Ontario to 
support their complaint. 

Up to this time, the Grads had 
operated at a loss, with income of 
seldom more than $25 from each 
game Faced with travel expenses, 
they had to scramble for money, 
despite a guarantee of S600 from 
the London team. At last, with each 
team member chipping in $25, 
they had enough money to send 
only six players (no substitutes) by 
day coach, with packed box 
lunches, to Ontario. But it was 



worth the sacrifice, as they won 
both games in the two-game total- 
point series, the cumulative score 
being 49-29 They played two 
more games in Ontario, making 
four games in four days, all wins. 

The Grads returned to Edmonton 
triumphant A band and crowd of 
fans awaited them at the CNR sta- 
tion as they de-trained: the school 
board treated them to a banquet 
and gave them gold medals But 
somehow their success didn't get 
through to the average Edmonto- 
nian Offering the public a chance 
to watch the new Canadian cham- 
pions in an exhibition game seem- 
ed a logical way of helping to make 
up the deficit incurred o the trip 
But only 200 fans showeo up, and 
the net return was just $20. 

It should be pointed out that at 
no time did the Grads have a 
regular sponsor Each of the 
women held a full-time job, forcing 
them to practise in the evening. 
They took their vacations during 
the time the team was scheduled to 
travel. At the same time, many 
other teams, particularly in the 
USA., were enjoying semi- 
professional status — team 
members holding jobs that provid- 




1930 Back Row, L. to R Margaret Kenney. Elsie Bennie. 
J P Page. Gladys Fry and Mildred McCormack Front 
Row Dons Neale. Mae Brown. Margaret McBurney 
and Babe Belanger 



1932 Back Row, L. to R Helen Stone. Gladys Fry, J P. 
Page. Noel McDonald and Edith Stone Front Row: 
Mabel Munton. Evelyn Coulson. Doris Neale, 
Margaret McBurney, Babe Belanger and Jessie Innis. 



ed time off for practices and games 
But hardship was what the 
Grads thrived on In 1923. they 
entered the realm of international 
sport With an Edmonton promoters 
offer to bring the Cleveland, Ohio. 
Favourite-Knits to Edmonton for 
the first international ladies' 
basketball game, the Underwood 
Challenge Trophy being the reward 
That first game, June 12, 1923, 
presented Edmontonians for a mo- 
ment with an almost comical spec- 
tacle The Favourite-Knits came 
onto the court in their short-shorts 
and jerseys boldly emblazoned, 
"Worlds Champs". Then the Grads 
came out in the uniforms they had 
become accustomed to — loose- 
fitting sailors' middies, pleated 
bloomers made of three yards of 
British serge, long wool stockings 
and black-and-gold headbands. 
Local fans wondered if their 
heroines could come through under 
their great encumbrance of 
clothing But skill was what decid- 
ed the contest, the Grads winning 
19-13 and again the next night, 
34-20 

Edmontonians were jubilant over 
their international champions 
Medals and gifts went to the team 



members, and Mr Page was 
presented with a Chevrolet coupe 
by local merchants. He was pleased 
with the gift but, it being his first 
car, he had to learn how to drive 
before he could make use of it. 

From that time the Grads never 
relinquished the trophy, finally hav- 
ing It given to them as a permanent 
possession at their 25th anniver- 
sary celebration, just before disban- 
ding in 1940 They played 120 
games in the Underwood competi- 
tion, winning 1 14. 

With dominance over the sport 
in North America established, the 
Grads began looking overseas for 
more competition. They attempted 
to have basketball sanctioned as an 
official women's sport at the Olym- 
pics, but their request was refused 
However, they were invited to play 
exhibition games coincident with 
the Olympics, beginning in 1924 in 
Pans 

This presented a new challenge 
in finances To raise funds, the 
team issued invitations to other 
teams, some from far distant 
points, to come to Edmonton for 
exhibition matches Despite large 
guarantees needed to bring these 
teams, a total of $1 1 ,000 was rais- 



ed, enough to take eight players, 
their coach and Mrs. Page as 
chaperone to the Continent. 

The Pans Olympics began what 
proved to be a total triumph in 
world-wide play for the Grads. 
Playing again at Amsterdam in 
1928, Los Angeles in 1932 and 
Berlin in 1936, the team did not 
suffer a single loss in 27 games. 
Average score for the games they 
played reinforced their apparent 
superiority: 69 to 1 1. In one game, 
against Lille, France, the Grads 
scored 61, their opponents only 1. 
In another game, against London, 
the Grads scored 100, London. 2. 

As undisputed queens of ladies' 
basketball, the Grads had to look 
hard for competition worthy of 
them On nine occasions they 
played men's teams in exhibitions, 
and beat seven of them. They 
travelled 125,000 miles in search 
of the strongest teams the world 
had to offer, winning over their 
history 502 games and losing only 
20 

After a couple of decades of 
such success, the Grads began to 
suffer a fate that overtakes many 
phenomena of sport Their fans' 
interest began to flag A Grads vic- 





Helen Mcintosh 
1922-1924 



Francis Cordon 1937 Back Row. L to R Mabel Munton, Noel McDonald, 

1936-1937 J P Page. Winnie G alien and Betty Ross Front Row: 

Etta Dann. Helen Northup. Babe Belanger and 
Sophie Brown 



tory was no longer news, only a 
Grads defeat The team that at one 
time (May 5, 1930) had packed an 
arena with 6,792 fans — a record 
for Canadian basketball — began 
playing to small crowds 

Coincidentally, the life of coach 
Percy Page took a new turn, with 
his successful entry into political 
life in 1940 as an independent 
MLA. His time became more 
precious as he undertook this new 
career in addition to his prin- 
cipalship at McDougall Commercial 
High 

And the Second World War was 
upon the country, placing restric- 
tions on travel for non-essential 
reasons Additionally, the Air Force 
took over the Edmonton Arena, 
where the Grads met their op- 
ponents 

So on June 5, 1940 the Grads 
played their last game, against a 
team from Chicago The arena was 
jammed with 6,200 fans, back to 
pay their last respects to their idols. 
In the crowd were all but three of 
the former team members, plus, of 
course, every sports writer worthy 
of the name. The Grads didn't let 
them down, winning 62-52 The of- 
ficial end was postponed to Oc- 



tober 14, 1940, when, at a 
meeting, it was decided that the 
team members and ex-members 
would continue to participate in the 
game as sponsors of two new girls' 
teams 

Since that date, the Grads have 
held reunions every five years. Only 
three ex-teammates have passed 
on from the 38 who played with 
the team from 1922 to the end 
(Prior to 1922, records weren't 
kept to the exact makeup of each 
team.) 

But the world has not ceased to 
heap honours on the team. Noel 
MacDonald Robertson, captain of 
the Grads during the 1930's, who 
was voted Canada's top woman 
athlete in 1938, was admitted to 
the Canadian Hall of Fame in 
August, 1971 

On April 18, 1973, two months 
after the death of Mr Page, the 
Grads were admitted to Edmon- 
ton's Hall of Fame, with 29 ex- 
team members present, some 
members returning from half-way 
around the world. In September of 
the same year. Mrs. Page officially 
opened the Percy Page Centre for 
Recreation Associations, providing 
an Edmonton office for 40 provin- 



cial sports associations In April, 
1974, the Grads were admitted to 
the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame 

What made the Grads great? 
Obviously, a great coach, but what 
were his winning techniques? 
Observers claim it was solid 
teamwork that won. No individual 
stars were encouraged. Evidence 
comes from the record, which 
shows that Etta Dann Soderberg, 
now of High River, Alberta, who 
played guard, a position from which 
basket-scoring is not usually ex- 
pected, was the second highest all- 
time scorer on the team 

Which was the greatest Grads 
team? Mr Page, before his death, 
answered, "I wouldn't be prepared 
to say which was the greatest, nor 
to name the greatest player to wear 
a Grad uniform All Grad teams 
gave the best they had" 

And the Grads' best was the 
game's best, according to no less 
an authority than Dr James 
Naismith, inventor of the game. He 
said, "In my opinion the Grads have 
the finest basketball team that ever 
stepped out on a floor." 

Its a sensational story, not likely 
to be repeated in the annals of 
sport. 



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1938 Back Row, L to R Muriel Daniel. Jean Williamson. 
J P Page. Noel McDonald, and Mabel Munton 
Front Row: Sophie Brown, Etta Dann and Helen 
Northup. 



1939-40 Back Row. L. to R Mabel Munton. Jean William- 
son. J P Page. Winnie Gallen and Kay 
MacRitchie Front Row: Betty Bawden. Helen 
Northup. Etta Dann and Sophie Brown. 



• •••• 




The Record 
of Victory 




•••' 



ALBERTA PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 



In 1914 the Haroid A Wilson Company, of Toronto donated a shield for competition among 
girls' teams in Alberta The first game for this shield was played between McDougall Commercial 
High School, Edmonton, and Camrose Normal School The following year the student team of 
Commercial High became known as the Commercial Grads " In 1924 the Wilson Trophy was 
replaced by a cup donated by Miss Edna Bakewell, of the University of Alberta, and all subse- 
quent games have been played under the jurisdiction of the Alberta Basketball Association The 
following IS a complete record of all games played for these two trophies 



1 9 14 — McOougall Commercii 

1 9 1 5 — Commercial Grads 

1 9 1 6 — Commercial Grads 

1917 — Retained by Grads, no 

1918 — Commercial Grads 

1919 — Commercial Grads 

1920 — Commercial Grads 

1 92 1 —Commercial Grads 
Commercial Grads 

1922 — Commercial Grads 

1923 — Commercial Grads 

1924 — Commercial Grads 

Commercial Grads 

1925 — Commefcial Grads 
Commercial Grads 
Commercial Grads 

1926 — Commercial Grads 
Commercial Grads 

1927 — Commercial Grads 
Commercial Grads 

1928 — Commercial Grads 



12 

13 
32 



Camrose Normal 
Camrose Normal 
Wetaskiwin High 



challenge filed 

17 Stettler High 



21 


University 


24 


University 


17 


University 


23 


University 


56 


Barons High 


22 


Barons High 


27 


University 


21 


University 


12 


Varsconas 


18 


Varsconas 


21 


Varsconas 


32 


Gradettes 


47 


Gradenes 


22 


Calgary Centrals 


47 


Calgary Centrals 


37 


Calgary Centrals 



7 

2 

14 

7 

18 

19 

13 
29(a) 

14 

2 

13 

15(bl 

11 

22(c) 

11 

10 
23 

10 
12 

9(d) 



1929— 
1930— 

1931 — 

1932 — 
1933— 
1934— 
1935 
1936— 

1937 — 

1938 — 

1939 — 
1940— 



Commercial Grads 


43 


Calgary Centrals 


13 


Commercial Grads 


46 


Calgary Centrals 


10 


Commercial Grads 


56 


Calgary Centrals 


14 


Commercial Grads 


31 


Calgary Centrals 


15 


Commercial Grads 


104 


Calgary Centrals 


24 


Commercial Grads 


38 


Calgary Centrals 


27 


Commercial Grads 


63 


Gradettes 


29 


Commercial Grads 


80 


Gradettes 


39 


Commercial Grads 


87 


Gradettes 


43 


Commercial Grads 


78 


Gradettes 


35 


Commercial Grads 


35 


Calgary Beavers 


22 


Commercial Grads 


99 


Calgary Beavers 


21 


Commercial Grads 


59 


Calgary Beavers 


27 


Commercial Grads 


48 


Calgary Beavers 


26 


Gradettes 


31 


Calgary Wittichens 


25(e) 


Gradettes 


34 


Calgary Wittichens 


37 


Commercial Grads 


74 


Calgary Beavers 


27 


Commercial Grads 


58 


Calgary Beavers 


31 


Commercial Grads 


52 


Calgary Buffaloes 


32 


Commercial Grads 


56 


Calgary Buffaloes 


13 


Edmonton Gradettes 


42 


Calgary Buffaloes 


44 


Edmonton Gradettes 


32 


Calgary Buffaloes 


48(f) 


Edmonton Gradettes 


40 


Calgary Buffaloes 


47 


Edmonton Gradettes 


58 


Calgary Buffaloes 


29(g) 



Summary: Grads have won 23 out of a possible 24 provincial titles, and 36 out of 36 games played Average point 
score in provincial games. 44 to 19 

(a) In 1921 the University protested the playing of Connie Smith on the ground that she was still a student of 
Commercial High, and not eligible to play as a "Grad" The game was replayed, with Connie a spectator, and the 
University won 

(b) Regular two-game series were instituted in 1924 

(c) The Grads and Varsconas played a best two-in-three series in 1 925. the Grads winning the first and third games 

(d) Only one game was played in 1928. the Calgary Centrals deciding they were not strong enough to justify a se- 
cond game 

(e) In 1936 the Grads did not compete by reason of going to the Olympic Games at Berlin, however, the Gradettes 
stepped into the breach and retained the title for the Grad organization 

(0 (g) The Grads did not compete m either of these series, having been granted a bye into the Canadian finals 



WESTERN CANADIAN FINALS 



>••••• 




•••••• 



1926^ 


- Commercial Grads 


18 


Vancouver "Canucks" 


13 


(Vancouver) 




Commercial Grads 


25 


Vancouver "Canucks" 


12 




1927- 


-Commercial Grads 


34 


Vancouver "Canucks" 


19 


(Edmonton) 




Commercial Grads 


30 


Vancouver "Canucks" 


18 




1928- 


-Commercial Grads 


40 


University of B C 


24 


(Edmonton) 




Commercial Grads 


24 


University of B C 


21 




1929- 


-Commercial Grads 


59 


Vancouver "Meralomas" 


20 


(Edmonton)' 


1930- 


-Commercial Grads 


37 


University of B C 


20 


(Vancouver) 




Commercial Grads 


26 


University of B C 


14 




1931- 


-No series played 










1932- 


-Commercial Grads 


100 


Vancouver "Witches" 


45 


(Edmonton)' 




Commercial Grads 


98 


Vancouver "Witches" 


56 




1933- 


-Commercial Grads 


94 


Vancouver "Province" 


58 


(Edmonton) 




Commercial Grads 


74 


Vancouver "Province" 


42 




1934- 


-Commercial Grads 


45 


Vancouver "Province" 


27 


(Vancouver) 




Commercial Grads 


35 


Vancouver "Province" 


30 




1935- 


-Commercial Grads 


63 


Vancouver "Province" 


24 


(Edmonton) 




Commercial Grads 


64 


Vancouver "Province" 


42 




1936- 


-No series played, Grads 


attended Oty 


mpic Games 






1937- 


-Commercial Grads 


43 


Vancouver "Spencers" 


15 


(Vancouver) 




Commercial Grads 


37 


Vancouver "Spencers" 


26 




1938- 


-Commercial Grads 


80 


Victoria "Superiors " 


34 


(Edmonton) 




Commercial Grads 


78 


Victoria Superiors" 


19 





1939- 1940 — The Grads did not compete, having been granted a bye into the Canadian finals In 
1939 the Calgary "Buffaloes" defeated Vancouver and then went on to defeat Winnipeg In 
1940, Vancouver defeated the Gradettes (40-26, 46-31 31-42, 48-38) for the western title, 
and were then defeated by the Grads for the Canadian title For scores, see next section 

Summary: The Grads have won all 21 games played Average point score, 52 to 38 
'Only one game was played in 1929, 
' * In this series, 299 points were scored, the highest ever made by the Grads and their opponents. 



UNDERWOOD INTERNATIONAL TROPHY GAMES 

In 1923. In order to encourage basketball among girls' teams, and particularly teams in 
Canada and the United States, the Underwood Typewriter Company donated the "Underwood 
Trophy" for competition on a challenge basis. In order to challenge, a team had to hold the 
championship of its own province or state Some of the greatest games ever played have 
featured the struggle for this trophy which never left the hands of the Grads since it was first 
won by them in their memorable series against the Cleveland "Favorite-Knits" m 1923 



1923- 


-Commercial Grads 


19 


Cleveland ■Favorite-Knits" 


13 




Commercial Grads 


28 


Cleveland "Newman-Sterns" 


22 




Commercial Grads 


34 


Cleveland "Favorite-Knits" 


20 




Commercial Grads 


27 


Chicago "Taylor-Trunks" 


19 




Commercial Grads 


41 


Toronto "Maple Leafs" 


11 




Commercial Grads 


39 


Chicago "Taylor-Trunks" 


8 




Commercial Grads 


26 


Toronto "Maple Leafs" 


13 




Commercial Grads 


69 


Minneapolis "Bankers" 


5 




Commercial Grads 


20 


Chicago "Uptown Brownies" 


17 




Commercial Grads 


57 


Minneapolis Bankers" 


7 




Commercial Grads 


25 


Chicago "Uptown Brownies 


20 














Commercial Grads 


35 


Warren "National Lamps" 


8 


1928- 


-Commercial Grads 


26 


Chicago "Uptown Brownies" 


12 




Commercial Grads 


27 


Warren "National Lamps" 


13 




Commercial Grads 


44 


Chicago "Uptown Brownies" 


26 


1924- 


-Commercial Grads 


44 


Chicago "Lakeviews" 


10 


1929- 


-Commercial Grads 


56 


Seattle "Gerald's Cafe" 


24 




Commercial Grads 


40 


Chicago "Lakeviews" 


11 




Commercial Grads 


37 


Seattle Geralds Cafe" 


16 




Commercial Grads 


22 


Cleveland "Favonte-Knits" 


7 




Commercial Grads 


33 


Chicago "Uptown Brownies" 


1 1 




Commercial Grads 


40 


Cleveland "Favorite-Knits" 


19 




Commercial Grads 


43 


Chicago "Uptown Brownies" 


14 




Commercial Grads 


33 


Warren Elks 


11 




Commercial Grads 


56 


Detroit "Centrals" 


14 




Commercial Grads 


33 


Warren Elks 


20 




Commercial Grads 


29 


Detroit "Centrals" 


17 




Commercial Grads 


26 


Chicago Uptown Brownies 


13 




Commercial Grads 


50 


Cleveland "Blepp-Knits" 


31 




Commercial Grads 


39 


Chicago Uptown Brownies" 


8 




Commercial Grads 


27 


Cleveland "Blepp-Knits" 


13 


1925- 


-Commercial Grads 


29 


Chicago "Lakeviews" 


14 


1930- 


-Commercial Grads 


56 


Seattle "Ferry Lines" 


17 




Commercial Grads 


22 


Chicago "Lakeviews" 


13 




Commercial Grads 


58 


Seattle "Ferry Lines" 


38 




Commercial Grads 


51 


Minneapolis "Ascensions" 


9 




Commercial Grads 


24 


Chicago "Taylor-Trunks" 


34 




Commercial Grads 


33 


Minneapolis "Ascensions" 


3 




Commercial Grads 


40 


Chicago "Taylor-Trunks" 


13 




Commercial Grads 


24 


Guthrie "Red Birds" 


14 


1931- 


— Commercial Grads 


80 


Chicago "F P Cardinals" 


33 




Commercial Grads 


21 


Guthrie "Red Birds" 


5 




Commercial Grads 


109 


Chicago "F P Cardinals" 


24 




Commercial Grads 


35 


Chicago "Tri-Chis" 


12 




Commercial Grads 


62 


Leavittsburg "Aces" 


51 




Commercial Grads 


34 


Chicago "Tri-Chis" 


8 




Commercial Grads 


84 


Leavittsburg "Aces" 


41 


1926- 


-Commercial Grads 


19 


St Louis "Curlees" 


14 




Commercial Grads 


82 


Pocatello "Indians" 


20 




Commercial Grads 


24 


St Louis Curlees" 


8 




Commercial Grads 


113 


Pocatello "Indians" 


22 




Commercial Grads 


32 


Guthrie "Red Birds" 


9 


1932- 


—Commercial Grads 


44 


Chicago "Red Devils" 


34 




Commercial Grads 


45 


Guthrie "Red Birds" 


9 




Commercial Grads 


49 


Chicago Red Devils" 


25 




Commercial Grads 


31 


Detroit Centrals" 


30 














Commercial Grads 


34 


Detroit "Centrals" 


27 


1933- 


-Commercial Grads 
Commercial Grads 


74 
60 


Chicago "Red Devils" 
Chicago "Red Devils" 


35 
48 


1927- 


-Commercial Grads 


33 


St Louis "Undertakers" 


13 




Commercial Grads 


75 


Chicago "Rickett's Cafe " 


35 




Commercial Grads 


33 


St Louis "Undertakers" 


14 




Commercial Grads 


54 


Chicago Rickett's Cafe " 


29 




Commercial Grads 


25 


Cleveland Newman-Sterns" 


10 




Commercial Grads 


54 


Chicago "Rickett's Cafe " 


38 



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>•••• 




• •••< 



1934 — Commercial Grads 


100 


Chicago "Spencer Coals" 


39 


Commercial Grads 


46 


Chicago "Spencer Coals" 


37 


1935 — Commercial Grads 


60 


Des Moines "A 1 B " 


28 


Commercial Grads 


49 


Des Moines "A 1 B " 


41 


Commercial Grads 


56 


Des Moines A 1 B " 


28 


Commercial Grads 


54 


Chicago "Usherettes" 


36 


Commercial Grads 


42 


Chicago "Usherettes" 


27 


Commercial Grads 


55 


St Louis "Shaw Stephens" 


20 


Commercial Grads 


51 


St Louis "Shaw Stephens" 


24 


Commercial Grads 


43 


St Louis "Shaw Stephens" 


24 


1936— Commercial Grads 


54 


Des Moines "A 1 B " 


40 


Commercial Grads 


43 


Des Moines "A 1 B " 


37 


Commercial Grads 


40 


El Dorado "Lion Oilers" 


44 


Commercial Grads 


37 


El Dorado "Lion Oilers" 


35 


Commercial Grads 


38 


El Dorado "Lion Oilers" 


29 


Commercial Grads 


41 


El Dorado "Lion Oilers" 


24 


1 937 — Commercial Grads 


50 


Cleveland "Fisher Foods" 


24 


Commercial Grads 


42 


Cleveland "Fisher Foods" 


17 


Commercial Grads 


48 


Cleveland "Fisher Foods" 


26 


Commercial Grads 


53 


Wichita "Thurstons" 


18 


Commercial Grads 


48 


Wichita "Thurstons" 


12 


Commercial Grads 


46 


Wichita "Thurstons" 


25 


Commercial Grads 


31 


Tulsa "Stenographers" 


23 


Commercial Grads 


38 


Tulsa "Stenographers" 


29 


Commercial Grads 


35 


Tulsa "Stenographers" 


46 


Commercial Grads 


27 


Tulsa "Stenographers" 


19 



1938— Commercial Grads 


40 


Chicago "All-Stars" 


33 


Commercial Grads 


42 


Chicago "All-Stars" 


26 


Commercial Grads 


40 


Chicago "All-Stars" 


31 


Commercial Grads 


61 


Cleveland "Fisher Foods" 


38 


Commercial Grads 


53 


Cleveland "Fisher Foods" 


24 


Commercial Grads 


36 


Cleveland Fisher Foods" 


44 


Commercial Grads 


61 


Cleveland Fisher Foods" 


48 


Commercial Grads 


75 


Canton "Engravers" 


25 


Commercial Grads 


79 


Canton "Engravers" 


52 


Commercial Grads 


68 


Canton "Engravers" 


32 


Commercial Grads 


41 


Wichita "Thurstons" 


27 


Commercial Grads 


43 


Wichita "Thurstons" 


22 


Commercial Grads 


33 


Wichita "Thurstons" 


29 


1939 — Commercial Grads 


35 


St Louis "Legionnaires" 


24 


Commercial Grads 


27 


St Louis "Legionnaires" 


28 


Commercial Grads 


50 


St Louis "Legionnaires" 


34 


Commercial Grads 


37 


St Louis "Legionnaires" 


25 


Commercial Grads 


61 


Cleveland "Nokolds ' 


32 


Commercial Grads 


39 


Cleveland "Nokolds" 


26 


Commercial Grads 


43 


Cleveland "Nokolds" 


34 


Commercial Grads 


41 


Chicago "Queen Annes" 


29 


Commercial Grads 


46 


Chicago "Queen Annes" 


34 


Commercial Grads 


33 


Chicago "Queen Annes" 


35 


Commercial Grads 


61 


Des Moines "A 1 B " 


20 


Commercial Grads 


49 


Des Moines "A 1 B " 


24 


Commercial Grads 


61 


Des Moines "A 1 B " 


34 


Commercial Grads 


47 


Wichita "Thurstons" 


26 


Commercial Grads 


45 


Wichita "Thurstons" 


30 


Commercial Grads 


44 


Wichita "Thurstons" 


24 



1940 — No games were played for the Underwood Trophy Two exhibition series were played against Wichita and 
Chicago For scores see section "American Exhibition Games" The trophy itself was retired from competition, and 
was given by the donors to the Grads as a tribute to their remarkable record 

Summary: Out of 120 games played for the Underwood Trophy the Grads won 1 14 and lost six, average point score. 
45 to 24 

'Games lost In the series against the Taylor-Trunks (May 3rd and 5th, 19301 the Grads lost the first game by a 
score of 34 to 24 This loss broke a consecutive string of 78 wins At the second game, which the Grads won by a 
score of 40 to 13, all records for attendance at any sporting event in Edmonton were broken when 6.792 spec- 
tators jammed their way into the arena 

' *ln 1933 the Durant "Cardinals" defeated the Grads in a series played to determine which team should represent 
North America at the Olympic Games The Grads had to wait three years before meeting the same team again On 
this occasion (May 28th to June 3rd. 1936) the Grads won three games of the best-of-five series 



>•••• 




Olympic 




1924 — Paris Back Row, L. to R. Eleanor Mountifield. Connie Smith, J. P Page. Abbie Scott and 
Daisy Johnson Front Row Nellie Perry, Mary Dunn, Winnie Martin and Dorothy 
Johnson. 




1928 — Amsterdam Back Row L to R Kate MacCrae, Elsie Bennie, J P Page and Gladys Fry 
Front Row Mae Brown, Mildred McCormack, Joan Johnston and Margaret 
McBurney. 



Teams 




••••• 




1932 — Los Angeles Back Row, L. to R.: Helen Stone, Gladys Fry, J. P. Page, Elsie Bennie and 
Edith Stone. Front Row: Babe Belanger, Mildred McCormack, Margaret 
McBurney and Doris Neale 




1936 — Berlin Back Row, L to R Babe Belanger, Doris Neale, Gladys Fry and J P Page. Front 
Row Noel McDonald, Mabel Munton, Sophie Brown and Helen Northup 



OLYMPIC EXHIBITION GAMES 

Grad clubs attended four sets of Olympic Games, at Pans in 1924: Amsterdam, 1928. Los 
Angeles. 1932: and Berlin. 1936 Basketball for girls wasn't an official event on any of these 
programs, but through the courtesy of the Federation Sportive Feminine Internationale a series 
of exhibition games was arranged on each occasion of the Grads' visits to Europe, with the 
following results 



1924- 



1928- 



-Commercial Grads 
Commercial Grads 
Commercial Grads 
Commercial Grads 
Commercial Grads 
Commercial Grads 

-Commercial Grads 
Commercial Grads 
Commercial Grads 
Commercial Grads 
Commercial Grads 
Commercial Grads 
Commercial Grads 
Commercial Grads 
Commercial Grads 



64 


Pans 


16 


65 


Pans 


12 


69 


Pans 


17 


37 


Strasbourg 


8 


65 


Roubaix 


4 


61 


Lille 


1 


65 


Pans 


18 


46 


Pans 


14 


109 


Pans 


20 


81 


Lyons 


9 


68 


Milan 


2 


67 


Luxemburg 


6 


88 


Rheims 


11 


87 


Strasbourg 


6 


53 


Pans 


14 



1932^Commercial Grads 

Commercial Grads 
Commercial Grads 



1936- 



-Commerctal Grads 
Commercial Grads 
Commercial Grads 
Commercial Grads 
Commercial Grads 
Commercial Grads 
Commercial Grads 
Commercial Grads 
Commercial Grads 



40 


San Francisco 


7 


32 


Prince Rupert 


26 


72 


Victoria 


24 


100 


London, England 


2 


85 


Nice 


9 


77 


Monte Carlo 


14 


67 


Rome 


8 


25 


Milan 


8 


83 


Strasbourg 


25 


87 


Douai 


15 


87 


Lens 


10 


86 


Pans 


14 



Suminarv: Played 27 games won 27 Average point score. 69 to 11 
'These teams held the European championship 
■'Young mens team 
■ ■ 'This Pans team was the one which unexpectedly defeated the Durant "Cardinals" at the Women's Olympics in Lon- 
don The same official handled the game in London and the game in Pans 



INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 

In 1933 the first official series for the North American championship was held between the 
Commercial Grads (Canadian champions) and the Durant ■Cardinals", winners of the American 
national tournament, held annually at Wichita. Kansas Such a series was staged each year It 
should be noted that these series differed from those staged for the Underwood Trophy in- 
asmuch as ONLY national winners may compete for the North American title, while provincial 
and state winners might compete for the Underwood Trophy. 



1933 — June 3 — Commercial Grads 
June 5 — Commencal Grads 
June 7 — Commercial Grads 

1934 — June 9— Commercial Grads 
June 1 1 — Commercial Grads 
June 13 — Commercial Grads 

1935 — May 25 — Commercial Grads 
May 27 — Commercial Grads 
May 29 — Commercial Grads 
June 1 — Commercial Grads 

1936— April 21 — Commercial Grads 
April 23 — Commercial Grads 
April 25 — Commercial Grads 
April 27 — Commercial Grads 

1937— No senes played, see below 

1 938— No senes played see below 

1 939, 1 940 — No series played, see below 



52 


Durant "Cardinals" 


59 


48 


Durant "Cardinals" 


83 


43 


Durant "Cardinals" 


45 


41 


Tulsa "Stenographers 


31 


35 


Tulsa Stenographers 


28 


48 


Tulsa Stenographers 


41 


53 


Tulsa "Stenographers 


49 


49 


Tulsa "Stenographers 


53 


37 


Tulsa Stenographers 


30 


43 


Tulsa Stenographers 


40 


42 


Tulsa "Stenographers 


24 


34 


Tulsa "Stenographers 


24 


33 


Tulsa Stenographers 


40 


35 


Tulsa "Stenographers 


30 



Sumfnary: In 1937 the American title was won by a team from Little Rock The team disbanded immediately following 
the tournament and did not file a challenge for the N A title Two of the other three teams that played in the semi finals 
(Tulsa and Wichita) filed challenges lor the Underwood Trophy the results of these games being shown elsewhere In 
1938 the American title was won by the Anicos of Galveston, Texas They declined to play for the N A title on the 
ground, that their girls could not be spared from work 

Out of 1 4 games played the Grads won nine and lost five, and won three of the four series The average point score 
was 42 to 41 
'This game was played under girls' rules, with which the Grads were entirely unfamiliar. 



CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 



The first Canadian championship series was held in London in 1922, when the Grads met the 
London "Shamrocks" One game was played under boys' rules and one under girls' rules which ac- 
counts for the unusual scores in this particular series Since 1923 all games were played under 
boys' rules which are now official throughout Canada 



1922- 


- Commercial Grads 


8 


London "Shamrocks" 


21 


(LondonI 




Commercial Grads 


41 


London "Shamrocks" 


8 




1923-^ 


-Commercial Grads 


34 


London "Shamrocks" 


22 


(Edmonton) 




Commercial Grads 


17 


London "Shamrocks" 


6 




1924- 


-Commercial Grads 


26 


Toronto Ladles A C 


6 


(Edmonton! 




Commercial Grads 


23 


Toronto Ladies A C 


14 




1925- 


-Commercial Grads 


18 


TorontoY WH A. 


1 


(Edmonton) 




Commercial Grads 


17 


Toronto YW, HA. 


10 




1926- 


-Commercial Grads 


19 


Toronto "Lakesides" 


24 


(Toronto) 




Commercial Grads 


27 


Toronto "Lakesides" 


6 




1928- 


-Commercial Grads 


64 


Halifax University 


6 


(Edmonton) 




Commercial Grads 


83 


Halifax University 


12 




1929- 


-No championship held 










1930- 


-Commercial Grads 


47 


Toronto "Lakesides" 


17 


(Edmonton) 




Commercial Grads 


41 


Toronto "Lakesides" 


27 




1931- 


-No championships held 










1932- 


-Commercial Grads 


60 


Windsor "Alumnae" 


32 


(Edmonton) 




Commercial Grads 


46 


Windsor "Alumnae" 


18 




1933- 


-Commercial Grads 


79 


Toronto Ladies AC 


24 


(Edmonton) 




Commercial Grads 


72 


Toronto Ladies AC 


32 




1934- 


-Commercial Grads 


84 


Windsor "Alumnae" 


20 


(Edmonton) 




Commercial Grads 


47 


Windsor "Alumnae" 


30 






Commercial Grads 


57 


Windsor "Alumnae" 


30 




1935- 


-Commercial Grads 


34 


Windsor "Alumnae" 


30 


(Windsor) 




Commercial Grads 


58 


Windsor "Alumnae" 


31 






Commercial Grads 


44 


Windsor "Alumnae " 


31 





1936 — No championship held, Grads attended Olympic Games 
1 937 — No championships held 

1938 — Commercial Grads 

Commercial Grads 

Commercial Grads 
1 939 — No championships held 

1940— Commercial Grads 48 

Commercial Grads 59 



72 Toronto "Consols" 

66 Toronto "Consols" 

58 Toronto "Consuls" 

Calgary "Buffaloes" won the Senior "A" title, whi 



Vancouver "Westerns " 
Vancouver "Westerns" 



28 (Edmonton) 
29 
13 
le the Grads retained the Senior "Open" 

47 (Edmonton) 

36 



Summary: The Grads never lost a Canadian championship series. They played 31 games, winning 29 and losing two. 
The average point score per game was 49 to 21 



>•••• 




• •••• 



CANADIAN EXHIBITION GAMES 

In practically every case these games were played on the courts of the Grads' opponents, and 
ually on trips in connection with the Canadian finals 



1920 — Commercial Grads 


53 


Saskatoon Varsity 


8 


1934- 


- Commercia 


Grads 


81 


Gradettes 


29 




Commercial Grads 


47 


Saskatoon Y W C A 


15 




Commercia 


Grads 


62 


Gradettes 


41 


1922- 


-Commercial Grads 
Commercial Grads 
Commercial Grads 


46 
19 
29 


Lethbndge Aces ' 
St Thomas C 1 
Toronto All-Stars ' 


11 
16 
11 




Commercia 
Commercia 
Commercia 
Commercia 


Grads 
Grads 
Grads 
Grads 


104 
63 
49 
64 


Fort William 
Montreal Stars" 
Toronto All-Stars" 
Winnipeg Eagles 


8 
6 

12 
4 


1 924 — Commercial Grads 


28 


Calgary All-Stars" 







Commercia 


Grads 


81 


Gradettes 


10 


1925- 


-Commercial Grads 


36 


Winnipeg Normals' 


21 


1935- 


- Commercia 


Grads 


98 


Gradettes 


22 




Commercial Grads 


30 


Victoria Stars" 


6 




Commercia 


Grads 


107 


Gradettes 


13 




Commercial Grads 


34 


Kamloops "Stars" 


7 




Commercia 


Grads 


51 


Winnipeg "Eagles" 


17 




Commercial Grads 


35 


Victoria Stars 


8 




Commercia 


Grads 


116 


Saskatoon Grads 


15 




Commercial Grads 


23 


Kamloops Boys 


20 


1936- 


- Commercia 


Grads 


90 


Regina All-Stars 


16 


1926- 


- Commercial Grads 


44 


Winnipeg Stars" 


9 




Commercia 


Grads 


107 


Peterborough Stars 


6 




Commercial Grads 


40 


London "Grads" 


15 




Commercia 


Grads 


99 


Ottawa All-Stars" 


11 


1928- 


-Commercial Grads 
Commercial Grads 


55 
61 


Port Arthur 
Hamilton Stars" 


9 

14 




Commercia 
Commercia 


Grads 
Grads 


90 
47 


Montreal "Stars" 
Gradettes 


20 
25 




Commercial Grads 


56 


Calgary "Chinooks" 


9 


1937- 


-Commercia 


Grads 


58 


Victoria "Superiors" 


10 


1929- 


- Commercial Grads 


23 


Toronto "Parkdales" 


17 




Commercia 


Grads 


70 


Calgary "Rep" team 


27 




Commercial Grads 


31 


Toronto "All-Stars 


15 


1939- 


- Commercia 


Grads 


39 


Windsor Alumnae" 


20 




Commercial Grads 


50 


Regina "Tornd Zones" 


12 




Commercia 


Grads 


71 


McMasler University 


28 


1930 — Commercial Grads 


50 


Kelowna "All-Stars" 


18 




Commercia 
Commercia 


Grads 
Grads 


51 
65 


Niagara Falls 
Toronto "United" 


11 
25 


1931- 


-Commercial Grads 


44 


Gradettes 


20 




Commercia 


Grads 


87 


Montreal "Olympics" 


14 




Commercial Grads 


123 


Toronto "All-Stars 


19- 




Commercia 


Grads 


91 


Queens University 


25 




Commercial Grads 


100 


Toronto All-Stars" 


18 


1940- 


- Commercia 


Grads 


73 


Edmonton Gradettes 


37 


1932- 


-Commercial Grads 


32 


Prince Rupert Boys 


26 




Commercia 


Grads 


58 


Edmonton Gradettes 


35 




Commercial Grads 


72 


Victoria "Stars" 


24 




Commercia 


Grads 


101 


University of Alberta 


20 




Commercial Grads 


70 


Gradettes 


28 




Commercia 


Grads 


65 


University of Alberta 


5 




Commercial Grads 


84 


Regina "Smeeds" 


23 




Commercia 


Grads 


85 


Grad Cubs" 


30 


1933- 


- Commercial Grads 


84 


Calgary "Stars" 


22 




Commercia 


Grads 


71 


Grad Cubs" 


22 



In addition to these games, three games were played against mens teams in 1938 m each case the game being played 
on the mens floor The results were as follows Grads 29, Lethbndge 30 Grads 40 Medicine Hat 28 Grads 34 Univer- 
sity of Alberta 38 The totals of these games are included in the general summary towards the end of the book under the 
caption. Mens teams" 

Summary: The Grads won 59 of the above 61 exhibition games, and. in addition. 35 others against Edmonton teams 
Total won. 94 lost two Average point score per game. 63 to 16 
■In 1931 the Canadian finals were not played During the fall, the Toronto team that had qualified for the eastern 
finals played a two-game series with the Grads 

■ ■ This game was played m two parts — the first half against the "British Consols" (32- 1 41 and the second half against 
the Toronto Ladies AC (31-111 The latter team used Stella Walsh, of Cleveland, to bolster theif team She was 
held scoreless by Etta Dann 

AMERICAN EXHIBITION GAMES 

The first 19 games were all played away from home, and had no bearing on any title. 



1 925 — July 6 — Commercial Grads 
July 12 — Commercial Grads 
July 15 — Commercial Grads 

1926— April 5— Commercial Grads 
April 6 — Commercial Grads 
April 7 — Commercial Grads 
April 8 — Commercial Grads 
April 9 — Commercial Grads 
April 10 — Commercial Grads 

1927 — April 24 — Commercial Grads 
April 26 — Commercial Grads 
April 29— Commercial Grads 



47 


Fort Worth. Texas 


6 


27 


Pasadena. California 


7 


62 


San Francisco. Cal 


2 


19 


Chicago. Ill 


17 


24 


Warren. Ohio 


19 


16 


Cleveland. Ohio 


23 


26 


Cleveland Ohio 


21 


10 


Cleveland. Ohio 


15 


8 


Cleveland Ohio 


13 


29 


Norwalk. Conn 


26 


22 


Detroit Mich 


15 


23 


Chicago. Ill 


17 



1930 — Aug 6 — Commercial Grads 
Aug 7 — Commercial Grads 
Aug 16 — Commercial Grads 

1 932 — May 1 6 — Commercial Grads 
Aug 14 — Commercial Grads 

1933- May 17 — Commercial Grads 

1939— March 2 — Commercial Grads 

1 940 — May 1 8 — Commercial Grads 
May 20 — Commercial Grads 
May 22 — Commercial Grads 
June 1 — Commercial Grads 
June 3 — Commercial Grads 
June 5 — Commercial Grads 



33 


Seattle Wash 


22 


34 


Seattle. Wash 


8 


67 


San Fancisco Cal 


1 


27 


Chicago, III 


18- 


40 


San Francisco. Cal 


7 


67 


Chicago. Ill 


53 


25 


Detroit V 8 s 


13 


52 


Wichita Thurstons 


34 


50 


Wichita "Thurstons 


■ 33t 


37 


Wichita "Thurstons 


28 


56 


Chicago Q A Aces 


34 


45 


Chicago Q A Aces 


38t 


62 


Chicago Q A Aces 


52 



Summary: Games played. 18: won. 15. lost 3 Average point score. 32 to 16. 

'These games played against Cleveland formed part of a series of ten games which the Grads played on 1 1 con 
secutive nights The first two games were played in Cleveland, and the last two in New York Transparent plate 
glass backboards were used in all four games, a tremendous handicap to the Grads who had never used them in 
any previous game 

' 'The smallest score ever recorded by the Grads 
' ' "This game against Chicago was played in Calgary as a benefit contest staged by the 8 P Elks 

t The two series against Wichita and Chicago were played as exhibition series when the Amencan A A U refused 
to grant travelling permits to these two teams. 



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SUMMARY OF GAMES PLAYED 



Title 



When the ' Grads" were formed in 1915 no one ever dreamed that the team would attain 
world-wide publicity It was not until 1 922 when the Grads first won the Canadian title that suf- 
ficient interest was taken in the team to justify the keeping of permanent records In the interval 
from 191 5 to 1 922, it is believed that the team played 1 47 games To this number may be add- 
ed 375 official games played from 1 922 to 1 940, a total of 522 Of this number the Grads have 
won 502 and lost 20, a record believed to be without parallel in sport The following chart in- 
cludes a condensed summary of all these games. 



Played Won 



Lost 



-1 r- 

PtS for 



North American 

Underwood Trophy 

Canadian Finals 

Western Finals 

Alberta Finals 

Canadian Exhibition Games , 
American Exhibition Games 
European Exhibition Games 
Mens teams 



14 
120 I 
31 
21 
38 
93 
25 
24 
9 



375 



9 

114 
29 
21 
36 
93 
22 
24 
7 



335 



5 
6 
2 

2 

3 

2 



20 



593 

5386 
1402 
1104 
1629 
5411 

908 
1722 

343 



18174 



Against 



577 

2844 
649 
580 
709 

1431 
522 
263 
295 



7638 



Av Score 

42 to 41 
45 to 24 
45 to 21 
52 to 28 

43 to 19 
58 to 15 
36 to 21 
72 to 1 1 
38 to 33 



48 to 20 



GAMES. POINTS AND AVERAGES 

Only the names of those players who averaged at least five points a game are included 
It should be pointed out that such a table as this is not a fair estimate of a players ability 

Several players were rarely taken out of a line-up, while others played but a few minutes during a 

game On the other hand, guards are not expected to compete with forwards or centres in the 

matter of scoring 

For these reasons, this table is inserted merely because of its factual information, and not in 

any way as a measurement of the players' relative worth to their teams 



Players 



Noel MacDonald . . , 
Margaret MacBurney 

Babe Belanger 

Gladys Fry 

Mildred McCormack 
Helen Norlhup 

Etta Dann 

Connie Smith 



Games 



Points 



Average 




Players 



Games 



Points 



Jean Williamson 
Helen Stone 
Nellie Perry 
Abbie Scott 
Mabel Munton 
Dorothy Johnson 
Dons Neale 
Sophie Brown . . 



71 ' 


544 


61 


412 


40 


242 


30 


184 


148 


852 


54 


293 


116 


607 


103, 


551 



Average 



76 
6 7 
65 
6 1 
57 
54 
52 
5 1 



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Team Members 
And When 

They Played 




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Winnie Martin (Tail) 

Eleanor Mountifield (Vogelsong) 

Connie Smith (Mclntyre) 

Daisy Johnson 

Nellie Perry (Mcintosh) 

Dot Johnson (Sherlock) 

Abbie Scott (Kennedy) 

Elizabeth EIrick (Murray) 

Helen Mcintosh (Davidson) 

Mary Dunn (Dickson) 

Elsie Bennie (Robson) 

Kate MacCrae (Shore) 

Hattie Hopkins 

Marguerite Bailey (Jacobs) 

Mildred McCormack (Wilkie) 

Margaret McBurney (Vasheresse) 

Gladys Fry (Douglas) 

Mae Brown (Webb) 

Joan Johnston (McEwen) 

Margaret Kinney (Howes) 

Babe Belanger (Maclean) 

Doris Neale (Chapman) 

Edith Stone (Sutton) 

Helen Stone (Stewart) 

Evelyn Caulson (Cameron) 
Jessie Innis (Maloney) 

Noel McDonald (Robertson) 

Mabel Munton (McClay) 

Helen Northup (Alexander) 

Etta Dann (Soderberg) 

Sophie Brown (Drake) 

Frances Gordon (Mills) 

Winnie Gallen (Reid) 

Jean Williamson (Quilley) 

Babe Daniel (Lickoch) 

Betty Ross (Bellamy) 

Kay MacRitchie (MacBeth) 

Betty Bawden (Bowen) 



191 5-1924 (First Captain) 

1920-1924 

1920-1926 

1920-1927 

1921-1924 

1921-1927 

1922-1924 

Fall 1922-1923 

Fall 1922-1924 

Fall 1922-January 1926 

Fall 1924-1933 

Fall 1924-1929 

1925-1927 

1926-1927 

1926-1932 

1 926- 1 936 — Longest service to Grads 

Fall 1927-1936 

Fall 1927-1931 

Fall 1927-1928 

Fall 1928-1930 

Spring 1929-1937 

Fall 1929-1936 

1930 1934 

1931-1934 

1932-1935 

1932-1935 

1933-1939 

1934-1940 

1934-1940 

19351940 

1935-1940 

1936-1937 

1936 1937 1939-1940 
1937-1940 

1937 1939 
1937 1939 
1939-1940 
1939-1940 



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Some Of The 
Grads Reunions 




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Presentation at Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame. April 18, 1973 




1965 /L.. ^„.. Junny Edmonton's Klondike Days, celebrating 50th Birthday of the Edmonton Grads 




Official Opening, September 15, 1973. Back Row. L to R Lieut Governor Grant MacEwan and Ernie Jamison. M LA 
Front How Giaays i-ry Douglas. Winnie Gallen Reid. Abbie Scott Kennedy, Betty Bawden Bowen. Helen Northup Alexander, 
Betty Ross Bellamy, Francis Gordon Mills, Mrs. J P. Page, Babe Daniel Lichock, Mary Dunn Dickson, Daisy Johnson. Mae 
Brown Webb. Babe Belanger Maclean. Edith Stone Sutton, and Dons Neale Chapman 




1926 Team Touring Cleveland, Ohio. Back Row. L to R George Macintosh of the Edmonton Journal. Daisy Johnson. 
Elsie Bennie. Hattie Hopkins. Kate MacCrae and J P Page Front Row Connie Smith. Margaret MacBurney. Mildred McCor- 
mack. Margeurite Bailey. Mrs J Michaels Ichaperonel. and Daisy Johnson. 



DR. J. PERCY PAGE 

1887- 1973 




How do you take the measure of a man? Through his achievements? . . . 
Through the honors bestowed on him? . Through what others think of him? 

It matters little by what yardstick you measure the late J. Percy Page. He was a 
great man ... an inspiration to all who came in contact with him 

Through the years he showed his tremendous dedication and resolve in 
everything he did, be it his basketball coaching, his later political career, his academic 
duties or his ultimate appointment as Alberta's Lieutenant Governor. 

Among the many great honors bestowed upon him was his appointment to the 
Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and to the Alberta Amateur Sports Hall of Fame, as 
well as Dr Naismith's Sports Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass 

To the women throughout the years who played for the Edmonton Grads, Mr. 
Page was a man who lived up to his principles and commanded the admiration and 
respect of all players 

Perhaps his contribution to life was best summed up by the Rev Doctor AGS. 
Edworthy who, in delivering the eulogy at Dr. Pages funeral, said he was a man 
"standing as if it were on tiptoe the better to see what life is really about". 



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Reminiscences 

OfTheGrads 

1974 




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Mr. Page had a unique personality, which commanded absolute respect. He made clear his wish 
that "Grads" at all times be ladies first and basketball players second. 

Mr Page also had an almost uncanny ability over 25 years to fill vacated positions on his team 
with players who "fitted" into his organization so well that the successful course of the Grads 
remained constant This fact is borne out today: 34 years after the last team disbanded, we are still 
a closely knit group of friends. 

We feel deeply honoured that we were part of an era that produced such a man and will be 
forever grateful that each of us played a part in the wonderful legend he created 

We would be remiss if we did not remember, and express our sincere gratitude to our many 
loyal fans, without whose support and goodwill the team's success would not have been possible. 

Notably: 

Wm. Tait, Coach of the Gradettes Mr and Mrs. Maurice Brown 

Mr. and Mrs. John Michaels Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Muttart 

Mrs. Maude Page: 

This record would not be complete without a word about "Our first lady" — Mrs. J. P Page. 

For her patience, understanding and many sacrifices in time, energy and concern over a quarter 
of a century . . Our Thanks 

As our chaperone, advisor and friend . . . Our love and gratitude. 

The Edmonton "Grads" 



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Donation of trophies and memorabilia to the Alberta Provincial Museum, 
1970. 



DATE DUE 

DATE DE RETOUR 




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