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In 1943, many major-league stars had joined the armed services and gone off to war and stadium owners and baseball executives worried that the game would never recover. The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was the solution to this problem: It would keep ballparks filled and fans entertained until the war was over. For 12 seasons, more than 600 women played for the league’s teams. First AAGPBL players signed in 1943: Claire Schillace, Ann Harnett, Edythe Perlick, & Shirley Jameson. Basebal League, All American Girls, Girls Generation, The League, Girls Basebal, Basebal 1940S, Girls Profession, Baseball Players, Allamerican Girls
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1942: With minor league baseball teams disbanding due to young men being drafted, chewing gum mogul Philip K Wrigley sought to solve the collapse of Major League Baseball Parks with the establishment of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. #TurnofStyle
Dorothy "Dottie" Schroeder - Only girl to play all 12 seasons of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). She was also a three-time All-Star and is considered the top shortstop in the league’s history. The movie, A League of Their Own, is based on this story.
Annabelle Lee during her time with the Fort Wayne Daisies of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). As the photo says, Annabelle was the only player to pitch a perfect game in the 12 year history of the league. Annabelle is the aunt of Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos Pitching legend Bill “Spaceman” Lee. (90 ft of Perfection)
The youngest player in AAGPBL history, Dorothy “Dottie” Schroeder was 15 years old when she started her professional baseball career with the South Bend Blue Sox. She holds the record for most games played (1,249) and was the only to play in all 12 seasons of the AAGPBL. She racked up the most career RBIs in the league with 431, and was also a stellar shortstop described as a “vacuum.” (Photo by Zim via the Louisville Slugger Museum)
Sophie Kurys stole 201 bases in 1946 while playing in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, has died. She was 87. Kurys' mark of 201 steals — in 203 attempts — was recognized in a recent exhibit by the Hall of Fame. Cincinnati Reds prospect Billy Hamilton set the minor league mark last year with 155. Rickey Henderson holds the modern major league record with 130. And she set that stealing record in a skirt! that meant when she slid into 2nd she did it with bare legs!