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Atlanta Tomboys documents

Collection number: ahc.MSS1204

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the women's sports teams, the Atlanta Tomboys. Included are game schedules, team rosters with details about the players and points won, promotional material, and news clippings, some featuring the team's coach, Johnny Moon. Of special note is correspondence about sponsorships and exhibitions written by Johnny Moon. There are also sports programs highlighting the Atlanta Tomboys, the Lorelei Ladies, and other local women's teams. This collection also contains clippings about mens sports from the early 20th century.


  • 1917-1926
  • 1944-1986, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Biographical / Historical

The Atlanta Tomboys started as an amateur, later semi-professional, women's basketball and softball team, both organized and coached by Johnny Moon (1906-1994). He started the basketball team in 1944 and founded the softball team four years later to compete against the Lorelei Ladies. Both the Atlanta Tomboys softball and basketball teams were invited to play in various competitions, including the Class A City Recreation Girls League, the Women's National AAU Basketball Tournament, the Metropolitan Tourney, the Southeastern Region Tournament, and the World Tournament. The teams played in several states and in three countries: Canada, Cuba, and Mexico. Some of the players, including Mickey Davis (1942-) and Jean Dowell (1943-), continued careers in sports after their time with the Atlanta Tomboys. The Atlanta Tomboys won the 1953 Georgia State Championship and played in over a thousand games by 1986. Moon was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1987. The Atlanta Tomboys teams played together until the late 1990s.


.209 linear ft. (one half document case and one oversize folder)




This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1996

Related Materials

Visual materials have been separated from the collection. Please contact an archivist for access to these materials.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2020.

Atlanta Tomboys documents
Danielle Osakwe
October 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305