The All-American Girls After the AAGPBL
How Playing Pro Ball Shaped Their Lives
About the Book
The hit 1992 film A League of Their Own made the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League famous. But the players’ stories remain largely untold. The 600 women who played for the AAGPBL through the 1940s and 1950s enjoyed a rare opportunity to lead independent lives as well-paid professional athletes. Their experiences in the league led many to education and careers they never imagined.
As teachers, coaches and role models, they strove to broaden the horizons of girls and young women. Many continued to be involved in athletics, supporting the efforts leading to Title IX and the women’s sports revolution. Today, they are dedicated to preserving the history of women in baseball and creating opportunities for girls to play.
About the Author(s)
Kat D. Williams
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 34 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
1. Independence 17
2. Travel and Exposure 37
3. Patriotism and Military Service 66
4. A Revolution in Sports 81
5. Life After: The Reconnection 97
6. The Next Generation 119
Appendix: Girls’ and Women’s Baseball 149
Chapter Notes 159
Book Reviews & Awards
“Dr. Williams set out to answer a question from her students who asked her for real life examples of how sports made a larger difference in women’s lives. This book is the result of that research and readers will be amazed and inspired by the stories they read. There can be no doubt after reading about the careers of the players that their lives were transformed. With a focus on economics, travel, education and patriotism readers will never again wonder about the transforming power of sports.”—Leslie Heaphy, Kent State University at Stark, editor of Encyclopedia of Women and Baseball; “affectionately tells the history of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League”—ProtoView.