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Girls, Baseball and Batter Up! Writing Contest

on March 2, 2012

Are you a student in grades sixth, seventh, or eighth in the US or Canada? Then check out this great Writing Contest! Batter Up!  The Contest is sponsored by the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Write a short essay that answers one of these three questions:

  1. Why was the AAGPBL important to the history of girls and women in the United States and Canada?
  2. Why do you think it’s important that people remember the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League years from now?
  3. Which All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player (living or dead) do you wish you could meet, and why?

Your essay should be between 500-700 words, and you must submit using this form here

Entries are due on March 18, 2012.

To find out more, go to the All-American Girls Professional League Baseball Contest Rules here.

And if you want to read a little more about Girls in Baseball, check out   Diamond Ruby by Joseph Wallace. Diamond Ruby is the story of seventeen year old Ruby who after losing her parents in the Influenza  Flu of 1918, has to figure out a way to keep her two cousins, Amanda and Allie, her drunk brother, Nick, and herself alive. Ruby is blessed with a long arm and the ability to pitch baseball.It is 1923, and the Cony Island Boardwalk has just opened. Ruby is hired to work as a side-show pitching balls. It is here that she catches the attention of both Babe Ruth and the Klu Klux Klan as well as the Rum-Runners of the 1920′s.

And here is a handout,  Where Are The Girls in Baseball, I made to go with the book which explores some facts about Girls in Baseball such as:

  • In the late 1890’s, mixed gender teams appeared and were called The Bloomer Girls. These teams lasted until the 1930’s. Bloomer Girls wore bloomers and were predominately working class. There were usually six to seven women on a team with two to three men who dressed as women. The pay was significant for the men to dress as women, and some men used the experience as stepping stones to successful careers in men’s baseball.  Although women could play on these teams, they could not advance to the minor or major leagues. By the 1900’s, the women ditched the bloomers and were playing in men’s baseball attire.
  • There were no professional women’s baseball teams for over thirty-five years, even though Title IX was enacted in 1972. In 1984, Bob Hope tried to start a team of women’s baseball players, The Florida Sun Sox. He hoped the team would compete against the male teams. The team received very little support from sports journalists, other baseball players, and officials. The women proved they could play at try-outs, but the franchise was denied. Hope tried again in 1993 with a team called The Colorado Bullets. Most of the team had attended college on softball scholarship and were not used to curveballs, sliders and sinkers, or hitting with lighter aluminum bats. The first season’s record was poor with very little fan support. The team lasted until the 1996-97 season when Coors announced it would no longer sponsor them.
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