Tag Archives: Helen Nicol

Immigration laws may have scuppered All-American plan for a winter season

There were rumours, hints of which sometimes appeared in mid-western newspapers, that the All-American Girls Softball League would move to the west coast for the winter season and play in Los Angeles and nearby cities.   It came to nothing, … 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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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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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

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