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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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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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They were star athletes before they played pro ball

As players were signed to the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, they began a rigorous period of training to prepare them for their new life on the ball field and off. Chicago sports pages were filled with stories of the … 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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