All American Girls Professional Baseball League. Phillip Wrigley- The Founder of the AAGPBL.
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Phillip Wrigley was the owner of the Chicago Cubs and the Wrigley Chewing Gum Company. During World War Two many baseball players went to fight in war, so major league teams were being shut down. Minor leagues were also being threatened to be shut down. He wanted to find a way to keep the ballparks open. He came up with the idea of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. He thought a baseball team that could show a mixture of outstanding baseball skills and femininity would capture a lot of peoples attention. This was also a great business opportunity.
It wasn’t just great baseball skills and looking feminine that were important parts of the AAGPBL, but the girls also had to show that they had good behavior. Rules in the All American Girls Professional baseball league were strict. Consequences were created if any of the players broke the rules. Each team was assigned a chaperone to make sure the girls did not get into any trouble. Many of the parents did not allow their young daughters to play in the league because they were worried they would not have supervision. The chaperones made sure the players followed the rules to make sure they stayed safe. Good behavior was also important to the leagues reputation.
Marion Holloway was the chaperone for the Rockford Peaches. She can be seen in the first row on the right.
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“By being pioneers in professional sports, the women of the AAGPBL laid the groundwork that led to the increased athletic opportunities girls and women enjoy today. I don’t think it’s overstating the case to say that their experiences were a stepping stone to the liberation of women in sports, business, and other walks of life.”
Sue Macy the author of, “A Whole New Ball Game”