Tag Archives: Eleanor Dapkus

AAGPBL player puts umpire out of the game

The first years of the All-American Girls Softball League included some volatile moments on the diamond when players, managers, umpires and even fans were caught up in the emotions of the moment. Being ejected from the game became commonplace for … Continue reading

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Girl baseball stars emerge mid-way through first season

A crowd of 2,388 baseball fans – a record for Rockford, Illinois – gathered at Beyer Stadium on the evening of July 13, 1943 for a much-anticipated double-header between the Racine Belles of Racine, Wisconsin and the home team favourite, the … Continue reading

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Women play the first night game at Wrigley Field

Did women play the first night game at Wrigley Field? Yes, they did, if you’re talking about the first night game under lights. It was 70 years ago today — July 1, 1943 — when two all-star teams of the … Continue reading

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Blackhawks star coached girls’ baseball

It was the 1943-1944 hockey season, reported the Chicago Journal-Times. Chicago Blackhawk center Johnny Gottselig “skated toward the Detroit Red Wings’ goal, and got behind the defense men and in the clear for a shot at the cage. “In Section … Continue reading

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1943 Season – ‘spirited and thrilling competition’

At the end of the first season of play, 1943, a report was written that summarized the accomplishments of the players in the League’s four founding teams — South Bend Blue Sox, Kenosha Comets, Racine Belles and Rockford Peaches. There’s no … Continue reading

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