The retro photo: The USA women’s team world champion in 1953

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.

Photos: FIBA

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