The Women Who Made Baseball History: The Truth Behind “A League Of Their Own”

Culture | 5/12/20

Have you ever wondered why there isn’t a professional baseball league for girls? Sure, there’s softball, but there are also plenty of athletic women who are capable of playing with the boys. Whatever the reason may be in the present, there isn’t necessarily pro-baseball for women, but at one point there was. The All-American Girl’s Professional Ball League dominated the 1940s and ’50s, but it came at a price. Women from all over North America came to Chicago to join the league, but the opportunity to play on the field came with its share of challenges.

Ballpark Attendance Was Dying Due To WWII

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With World War II in full force by 1942, professional baseball players were leaving the game to join the armed services. Major League Baseball parks across the country were at risk of losing money as a result.

Philip K. Wrigley, of chewing gum fame, inherited the Chicago Cubs’ franchise from his father and was worried about its future. He enlisted the Cubs’ assistant to the General Manager, Ken Sells, to help him come up with a solution. Sells and his committee proposed a girls’ softball league to maintain attendance at parks across the country. The All-American Girls Softball League was founded as a non-profit organization in Spring of 1943.