ABOUT THE ALL AMERICAN GIRLS PRO BASEBALL LEAGUE

The all american girls pro baseball league started with World War II. Many men were drafted to join the war, leaving American entertainment in the shadows. A man named Phillip Wrigley had the idea to create a womens baseball league. Several people were completely against it, saying that girls were too gentle and would never put on a good game. Little did they know soon everything would change. In 1943 the All American Girls Proffessional Baseball League was created. Scouts from all around the United states traveled to find good athletes and girls who played softball. There were also try-outs held for every team.

The teams generally played in second-tier Midwestern cities. The South Bend Blue Sox and the Rockford Peaches were the only two teams that stayed in their home cities for the full 12-year period of the AAGPBL's existence.

In the first season, the league played a game that was a mixture of baseball and softball before they went entirely to baseball. The ball was 12 inches in circumference, the size of a regular softball. Pitchers threw underhand, like in softball, and the distance between bases was 65 feet, five feet longer than in softball but 25 feet shorter than in baseball. Major similarities between the AAGPBL and baseball included nine player teams and the use of a pitcher's mound (softball pitchers throw from flat ground). By 1948 the ball had shrunk to 10 3/8 inches, overhand pitching was allowed, and the mound was moved back to 50 feet. Over the history of the league, the rules continued to gradually approach those of baseball. By the final season in 1954, the ball was regulation baseball size, the mound was moved back to 60 feet, and the basepaths were extended to 85 feet (still five feet shorter than in regulation baseball).

The women's uniforms consisted of belts that went around a dress with a flared skirt and a logo on the chest area. All teams also wore hats. The dresses/uniforms were the same for every team besides the color and logo.

The league had a theme song that could be related to the men's Pro Baseball league song, "Take me Out to The Ball Game." The song went as follows..

Batter up! Hear that call!
The time has come for one and all
To play ball.

We are the members of the All-American League
We come from cities near and far
We’ve got Canadians, Irishmen and Swedes,
We’re all for one, we’re one for all
We’re all Americans!!

Each girl stands, her head so proudly high,
Her motto ‘Do or Die’
She’s not the one to use or need an alibi.

Our chaperones are not too soft,
They’re not too tough,
Our managers are on the ball.
We’ve got a president who really knows his stuff,
We’re all for one, we’re one for all,
We’re All-Americans!

 

The most popular and well known team is the Rockford Peaches, winning the most championships. A movie was created about the league and the Rockford Peaches in specific, in 1992.

 

 
 
To learn more about the AAGPBL look at the offical site for the league. http://www.aagpbl.org/