The Women's Professional Basketball League (WBL) was inducted into the WBHOF as "Trailblazers of the Game" in 2018. While attending this event it became clear that the story of this group of talented, ground breaking women had not fully been told. Those who played in the WBL can lay claim to having their hand prints all over the game of women's basketball in the last forty years, yet few really know about the amazing connection that exists between the league and the advancement of the game on every level.
Legends of the Ball, Inc. is committed to getting the facts and history straight. There are many ways to tell a story and record history but none more valuable than the version that can be told by those who lived it. We stand united with the vision of bringing this league out of the shadows, ensuring that the players from the WBL take their rightful place in the history of women's basketball and are recognized for their social and political impact that transcended sports. Our mantra, "Passing it on...Paying it forward" truly epitomizes the contributions of the players, coaches, team personnel, media, and fans of the first women's professional basketball league. This is ... "The WBL EFFECT".
We left our lives behind
Our families, friends … becoming a bride
What would have happened
If we had never tried
City and country girls came from all over
No one knew us by name
We stayed for one reason
Our true love of the game
Arriving on a wing and a prayer
There was no media blitz, no parade
To begin the pursuit of a dream
We came and oh how we played!
Excerpt from poem: Birth of A League
by Elizabeth Galloway McQuitter, 2003
"Machine Gun" Molly Bolin puts on a display that shows the true talent of the WBL. The 1980 Women's Pro Basketball MVP and Scoring Champion set a new single game 54 point scoring record in a televised game on January 13, 1980. Her record still holds today.
Music by David Mitchell