Tag Archives: South Bend Blue Sox

Players of the AAGPBL and the National Girls Baseball League

To write Girls of Summer: In Their Own League, I visited a lot of former players in western Canada and in the mid-west, south and west of the U.S. They shared their stories and their scrapbooks with me, but I don’t … Continue reading

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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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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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