Category Archives: Blog

Never fear — softball players will be feminine, and here’s proof

The All-American Girls’ Softball League wanted to underscore, in their advance publicity, that the players of the new softball league would be — above-all — feminine. The Chicago Daily News on May 25, 1943 featured a one-page spread of the … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Softball fans urged to think of Green Bay example

When Kenosha, Wisconsin was chosen in 1943 to host a team in Philip Wrigley’s new professional girls’ softball league, the local newspaper invoked the Green Bay Packers in urging local people to support the Kenosha Comets.  

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Was it softball or baseball?

When Philip Wrigley proposed creating a league of women’s teams to play professional softball, the first games a year later were played as softball under the name of the All-American Girls Softball League.  That didn’t last more than one season, … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Women ball players head for Wrigley Field

The prospect of being able to play professional softball raised the heartbeat of many talented players in the American Midwest and western Canada in early 1943, but it also threatened to strip the best players from amateur teams.

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How badly did the WWII manpower drain threaten major league baseball?

Fans of the women who played professional baseball during the 1940s and 50s know that P. K. Wrigley, owner of the Chicago Cubs, developed women’s pro ball in 1943 because he feared the manpower demands of the war in Europe … Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment