Baseball During the War Years
Baseball is a huge part of our American culture-and it has been for decade after decade, generation after generation. Little boys and girl (and even much older boys and girls) become obsessed with the game-and for good reason. The interest in baseball hasn't died down-even during the Second World War.
Because of the fact that most of the men were fighting in the war, the baseball league had to come up with an alternative. They wanted to keep the interest in baseball alive and well, even during the war. Philip K. Wrigley created the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). This league ran from 1943 to 1954. It is such an incredible story that they made a movie depicting the trials and triumphs of those women called, "A League of their Own". Technically, it was the name of the league was a misnomer because the girls didn't play regulation baseball. It was actually a mix between softball and baseball.
In order to maintain the feminine view of women, every single player was required to wear a short skirt during the game. As seen in the movie, the players got pretty beat up from lack of sliding gear and pants. They were also required to wear lipstick at all times, and they even preferred the girls to have long hair. They weren't even allowed to wear slacks or trousers at any time because they were always, in a sense, showcased. It must have been incredibly hard for these ladies to play tough like they were used to in such "getup".
Although the women's league didn't last very long, there were a total of eleven teams that made history. Soon, the war ended and the men returned. The women were forced to retire from a sport they loved and adored. It was back to their "normal" lives without having a say about it. But looking back, the All-American Girls Professional League gave over 600 women the opportunity to play this amazing American sport. Today, internet searches are being conducted across the world for free baseball picks , sports trivia, and anything else people can find on the game. We have to hand it to those ladies who kept the sport of baseball alive and well during the war years.