As folks continue to stay inside looking for ways to entertain themselves and their kids, a lot of people are doing virtual visits to museums. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has a lot of great exhibit videos, though they are all very short. They have links to additional resources and online exhibits on their website.
Here are their exhibits focusing on minorities and women in baseball:
We may not have any new stats right now, but there are still plenty of baseball stats out there to study! Today, in honor of Dorothy Moon Stickney’s birthday (she would have turned 99 today; unfortunately she passed in 1996), I am posting her AAGBPL stats. Stickney played for the Rockford Peaches for only one season.
Uniform patch for the South Bend Blue Sox (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)
Happy birthday to Lucille Moore! Moore would have turned 102 today (she passed away in 2004). She was a chaperone for the South Bend Blue Sox of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Chaperones were assigned to each team and acted as surrogate mothers to the players. They traveled with the team and were responsible for making hotel reservations, disbursing payroll and meal allowances, laundry, social engagements, and enforcing curfews.
Lucy Moore was born on March 25, 1908, and attended Indiana State Teachers College. She was a physical education teacher and swim coach for South Bend Central High School. She served as a chaperone for the South Bend Blue Sox between 1945 to 1948. According to the AAGPBL website, the players were very fond of her and nicknamed her “Too-Ra-Loora.”
Unfortunately, I couldn’t locate any additional information on Lucy Moore, though you can search the Winthrop University archives for pictures of Moore. Also, check out a picture of Moore with other AAGPBL chaperones online from the Baseball Hall of Fame.
1943 South Bend Blue Sox (two years before Lucy Moore became team chaperone) (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)
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:
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.
Happy Women’s History Month!
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!