All-Around Athletic Club Basketball League
The All-Around Athletic Club Basketball League, or AAC League, was an African American women’s basketball conference in Chicago during the 1920s. The league only lasted one season, 1927-28, but it featured some of the best women’s basketball in the city’s black community. Two of the outstanding teams in the league were the legendary Roamer Girls and the Metropolitan Community Girls. There were eight members in the league and they played a round-robin schedule until late March, awarding the team with the best record the league championship title. Most of the games were played at the Metropolitan Community Center, 4106 South Parkway.
The members of the league were as follows:
At the end of the season, trophies were given to the first three teams. The Roamer Girls had won the league title, and were given the B. B. Church Cup; and the Royal Arcadians had won second place, and were given the Silver Basketball trophy. Anabell Williams of the Royal Arcadian was awarded a $5 gold piece for selling the most tickets to games.
At the awards ceremony, the Roamer Girls played he Royal Arcadians in an exhibition match, and the Metropolitan Community Girls played South Park for the third place trophy. The Roamers beat the Royal Arcadians 13-19. South Park bested the Metropolitan Community Girls 7-6, to win the third-place trophy.
Why the league did not last beyond one season is unknown, but perhaps the women did not sell enough tickets.