The City of Caraway proclaimed Sept. 7 as All American Red Heads Day in honor of being named recipient of the national hall of fame honor. Pictured are, from right: Caraway Mayor Barry Riley, councilmen and clerk, John Boatman, Austin Zamora, Rick Stevens, Marvin Browning, Bo James and Mitchell Tipton. Not pictured - Mark Bell.
The All American Red Heads team, formerly based in Caraway, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last Friday in Springfield, Mass.
They were one of the nation's first professional women's basketball teams, playing from 1936-1986.
Tammy Harrison, daughter of the team's owner and manager Orwell Moore, gave the acceptance speech while receiving the prestigious award, surrounded by 65 members of the Red Head's team.
Last American Red Heads basketball team in 1986, pictured are, from left: Karen Riggs, Tammy Elkins, Marla Harroll, Kelli Horrell, Tammy Bledsoe, Shari Marshall and coach Burnie Moore
A former Caraway resident, John Molina, is the unofficial historian for the team. He was a close friend of Orwell Moore and personally nominated the Red Heads for the Hall of Fame in 2006, and has pushed for their entry ever since. The Red Heads were finalists in 2010, before winning this year. Molina has established two web sites, allamericanredheads.com and womensbasketballmuseum.com, and is working on a book about the Red Heads.
Caraway Mayor Barry Riley and other city officials declared Friday, Sept. 7, as All American Red Head's Day in Caraway and displayed the proclamation on their lighted marquee in front of city hall.
"The people of Caraway are very proud of the Red Heads," Riley said. "This is quite a prestigious honor, to be named to the National Hall of Fame. We hope to erect a historical sign at the entrances to Caraway soon."
The fall issue of Delta Crossroads Magazine will feature an article about the All American Red Heads.