Tag Archives: Mary ‘Bonnie’ Baker

Injuries mount as brawls continue in 1944 AAGPBL

In my last post, I wrote that in the first year of the League, the traditional arguing between umpires and the managers and players sometimes boiled over to the point where fists flew and fans charged the field. It got worse. … Continue reading

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Brawls and broken bones featured in AAGPBL early years

One of the better known photos of the AAGPBL is a set up of Marie Wegman with her finger in the face of umpire Norris Ward, taken at 1948 spring training in Opa-locka, Florida when Wegman was playing for the … Continue reading

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All-American players had admirers all over the world

When I was researching Girls of Summer: In Their Own League, I met Mary ‘Bonnie’ Baker in Regina, Saskatchewan. Baker, a star softball player from Canada when she was recruited to the League in 1943, was the South Bend Blue … Continue reading

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