Best of the Week: 6/2/2019 – 6/8/2019


As the world marked the 75th anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy (D-Day) this week, the baseball world made sure that baseball’s contributions were not forgotten:

 

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

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National Women in Baseball Day


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1943 South Bend Blue Sox (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Today is National Women in Baseball Day (not to be confused with National Girls and Women in Sports Day, February 6, or Women’s Baseball Day, September 11). The day marks the day – May 30, 1943 – that the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League played their first game. The first games were played in Rockford and Racine, with the South Bend Blue Sox playing the Rockford Peaches and the Kenosha Comets facing the Racine Belles.

~ baseballrebecca

 

Rockford Peaches v. Peoria Redwings


Recently, the Louise Pettus Archives at Winthrop University uploaded videos from their collection to their YouTube channel, including the one I’ve posted below. The Pettus Archives maintains several resources related to the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, including videos, photos, and the papers of several AAGPBL players. If I’m ever in Rock Hill, South Carolina, I’ll have to stop by and check out their collection!

~ baseballrebecca