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The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was a women's professional baseball league which existed from 1943 to 1954. With the advent of World War II reaching America, and in order to maintain baseball in the public eye whilst the majority of able men were away, several major league baseball executives started a new professional league with women players. Principal differences with the men's game were in the size of the diamond, the pitching styles and the size of the ball. The players were also required to wear short skirts during play and lipstick at all times, were preferably to have long hair and were to never wear slacks or trousers at any time.


The 1992 film A League of Their Own, although fictionalised, covers the founding and play of this league.


Teams

  • Kenosha Comets (1943-1951)
  • Racine Belles (1943-1950) / Battle Creek Belles (1951-1952) / Muskegon Belles (1953)
  • Rockford Peaches (1943-1954)
  • South Bend Blue Sox (1943-1954)
  • Milwaukee Chicks (1944) / Grand Rapids Chicks (1945-1954)
  • Minneapolis Millerettes (1944)
  • Fort Wayne Daisies (1945-1954)
  • Muskegon Lassies (1946-1949) / Kalamazoo Lassies (1950-1954)
  • Peoria Redwings (1946-1951)
  • Chicago Colleens (1948)
  • Springfield Sallies (1948)

League Champions

  • 1943 Racine Belles
  • 1944 Milwaukee Chicks
  • 1945 Rockford Peaches
  • 1946 Racine Belles
  • 1947 Grand Rapids Chicks
  • 1948 Rockford Peaches
  • 1949 Rockford Peaches
  • 1950 Rockford Peaches
  • 1951 South Bend Blue Sox
  • 1952 South Bend Blue Sox
  • 1953 Grand Rapids Chicks
  • 1954 Kalamazoo Lassies

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  Results from FactBites:
 
TDA Interviews - The Women of the AAGPBL (1983 words)
Erma Bergmann - This St. Louis native pitched in the AAGPBL and later went on to become a police officer.
Renea Youngberg -"Ray" overcame a bout with TB to rejoin the league.
Marie Zeigler - Marie's career was cut short by illness and the collapse of the league.
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