Hazel Walker

Class of 2001

  • A 7-time AAU All-American
  • Played for five different teams during her 14-year amateur career, winning four AAU national championships with the Tulsa Business College Stenos (1934) and Little Rock’s Lewis and Norwood Flyers (1937, 1940, 1941) as well as posting four runner-up finishes and advancing to the Final Four three more times
  • Named Most Valuable Player of the 1942 AAU National Tournament and proclaimed National Free Throw Champion six times (1938, 1939, 1940, 1943, 1945, 1946)
  • Also won a pair of International Free Throw titles (1944, 1945)
  • Selected as the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year in 1940
  • Involved in professional basketball for 19 years, including three seasons with Olson’s All American Red Heads (1946-49) before beginning her own barnstorming squad, Hazel Walker’s Arkansas Travelers (1949-65), which played only men’s teams using men’s rules
  • Playing career spanned 37 years (1928-1965), from high school until her retirement as a professional player at the age of 51