The first women’s world championship was held in 1953 and the United States emerged victorious. We can appreciate their outfits more… flashy than those of the Swiss.
A total of 10 nations gathered in Chile’s capital, Santiago, with most of the teams hailing from the Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and the United States. United. Only France and Switzerland completed the field.
The Americans have lost only one of their 6 matches, against Brazil. Seven players came from Nashville Business College. France won the bronze medal and Anne-Marie Colchen (1.82m) finished as the tournament’s top scorer with 19.2 points per game, which was a lot for the time.
A wooden platform was specially built inside the national stadium and 30,000 fans attended the final which Chile lost 36-49.
The United States could not bring home the trophy due to its size! It was too big to fit through the “bomb bay” doors of a B-17 aircraft.
Photo below: The Swiss team.