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RHC-58

Grand Valley State University Special Collections & University Archives
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49503



Repository: Grand Valley State University Special Collections & University Archives
creatorGrand Valley State University. History Department.
Title: All-American Girls Professional Baseball League interviews
Dates: 2007-2010
Quantity: 0.35 Linear feet(1 box)
AbstractThe All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was started by Philip Wrigley, owner of the Chicago Cubs, during World War II to fill the void left by the departure of most of the best male baseball players for military service. Players were recruited from across the country, and the league was successful enough to be able to continue on after the war. The league had teams based in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, and operated between 1943 and 1954. The collection consists of videotaped interviews of the former players in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Interviews were conducted by Grand Valley State University faculty and associates at reunions of the league’s association.
Identification: RHC-58
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Collection Description

Videotaped interviews and transcripts of the former players in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The collection consists of interviews conducted by Grand Valley State University faculty and associates at reunions and other league events. Interviewees discuss their experience in the league and their lives after the league ceased to exist.


Administrative History

The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was started by Philip Wrigley, owner of the Chicago Cubs, during World War II to fill the void left by the departure of most of the best male baseball players for military service. Players were recruited from across the country, and the league was successful enough to be able to continue on after the war. The league had teams based in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, and operated between 1943 and 1954. The 1954 season ended with only the Fort Wayne, South Bend, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Rockford teams remaining. The League gave over 600 women athletes the opportunity to play professional baseball. Many of the players went on to successful careers, and the league itself provided an important precedent for later efforts to promote women's sports.


All American Girls Professional Baseball League .
Illinois
Indiana
Michigan
Minnesota
Oral histories
Sports for women
Veterans History Project (U.S.)
Video tapes
Wisconsin
Women baseball players
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights

For information on copyright or permissions for this collection, contact Grand Valley State University Special Collections.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item/Title], All-American Girls Professional Baseball League interviews (RHC-58). Special Collections & University Archives, Grand Valley State University Libraries.

Source of Acquisition

Acquired from James Smither.


Related Material

Veterans History Project interviews (RHC-27)


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