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Remembering the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (video)

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A video tribute to women who played professional baseball.

The movie “A League of Their Own” helped call attention to the women who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. For 12 seasons, from 1943 – 1954, they were paid to play baseball in 15 teams spanning the Midwest. The league was the brainchild of chewing gum magnate and Chicago Cubs owner Philip K. Wrigley, who wanted to promote the game of baseball while many of the best male players were overseas fighting World War II. Concerned about public perception of its players, the league maintained strict standards of feminine appearance and behavior, requiring the players to wear lipstick at all times, outfitting them in skirts, and sending them to charm school. Despite these restrictions, the women who came from farms and factories to play the game they loved did so with athleticism and exuberance. The league survived the end of the war, but by the early 1950s, televised major league games and other market forces spelled the end of the experiment. However, the stories of the more than 600 women who played in the league live on as a fascinating and inspiring chapter in both the history of baseball and women’s sports.