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The First Professional Women’s Baseball League

With the majority of young men sent off to fight after America’s entry into World War II, several major league baseball executives needed to find a way to maintain baseball in the public eye.  They decided to start a new professional league with women players. 

Founded by chewing gum mogul Philip K. Wrigley in 1943, the league was named the All-American Girls Baseball League.  In 1949 the league was called the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, but by 1951, the league changed to American Girls’ Baseball League.  Initial tryouts were held at Wrigley Field in Chicago, but the league never played regulation baseball.  The game was a hybrid of baseball and softball.  The ball was the size of regulation softball and pitches were thrown underhand in the softball windmill custom of throwing.  The pitcher’s mound was much closer than regulation baseball and softball, but the distance between the bases were longer than in softball and 25 feet shorter than in baseball.  Eventually as each season was played, the ball shrank to regulation baseball size, overhand pitching was allowed, the mound was moved back to 60 feet, and the bases were extended but still five feet shorter than regulation baseball.

The league went on the road for spring training during the 1946-1948 seasons, traveling to Mississippi in 1946, Havana, Cuba in 1947 and to Florida in 1948.  During the 1948 season the AAGPBL attracted 910,000 fans that paid to watch the 10 teams play baseball.  The salaries for the female ballplayers ranged from $ 45-$ 85 a week which in later years rose to as much as $ 125 per week.

The league had strict rules of conduct and restricted the women from having short hair, smoking and drinking in public places, and required them to wear lipstick at all times.  The players would face fines if they did not follow the rules and could be suspended if they committed three offenses.  Each player received a beauty kit with instructions and was required to attend evening charm school classes during spring training.  The classes taught the girls about personal hygiene, mannerisms, proper etiquette, and how to dress.  The uniforms were comprised of a short-sleeved tunic dress with a belt.  The skirts could not be worn more than six inches above the knee and every effort was made to make the women as attractive as possible.

The Rockford Peaches were one of the most successful teams in the AAGPBL with the most championship wins.  Their star players led the team to the league championship in 1945, 1948, 1949, and 1950.  The Peaches played their home games at Beyer Stadium in Rockford, Illinois.  The team’s manager, Bill Allington became the most successful manager in the league’s history.  Under his leadership, the Peaches reached the playoffs six times and won the AAGPBL Championship Title four times.  This team was fictionalized in the 1992 movie A League of Their Own directed by Penny Marshall.

Another notable team was the Milwaukee/Grand Rapids Chicks who won three championship titles.  Managed by former Pittsburgh Pirate star player, Max Carey, the Chicks led the league in runs scored (492), batting average (.207), stolen bases (739), and tied for first in home runs (12).  Their squad consisted of talented players like Josephine Kabick, Merle Keagle, Connie Wisniewski, and Alma Ziegler.

The Racine Belles and the South Bend Blue Sox each won two league championship titles and the Kalamazoo Lassies won the title in 1954, the league’s final season.  Women playing baseball was frowned upon in the fifties and the AAGPBL did not continue in 1955.  Although they made history by being the first recorded professional women’s baseball league, its significance was soon forgotten.  A Players Association was formed in the 1980s enabling many former players from the dissolved league to get together and enjoy reunions.  It remains a unique aspect of American baseball history as a time when over 600 women athletes were given the opportunity to play professional baseball.

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Spring-Summer 2013 Trend – Women’s Clothing

Fashion changes every season! May be that’s why it is said that fashion fades while style is eternal. But no matter how many new trends appear and fades away, shopping enthusiasm of women’s attire by ladies will remain unchanged. Fashion in women’s wear stays on the top of the mind of designers while preparing their collection for a new season. So, this season – Spring/Summer 2013 – one can find the presence of colors, prints and patterns.

First and foremost trend that tops the trend chart is the monochromatic shades. Whoever said black and white are monotonous, dull and boring…it’s to update your fashion facts. Because this season monochromatic mania is everywhere. In women’s clothing, white top and black pencil skirt or black and white chess board checkered corporate office wear dresses will be a big hit. Pair it with your favourite pair of wayfarers with minimal accessories and you’ll turn into a chic girl on duty!

Women’s attire will look incomplete without colors. If you love to experiment with colors, start your celebration because this season is all yours! Pastels, pop of neon, bold and loud hues are going to be big this season. So bid a goodbye to dull grays and blacks of your winter fashion and get ready to inject some colors to your summer wardrobe. No matter what the occasion is, colors are a must to add life to your entire look.

This season celebrates colors and monochromatic hues like black and white simultaneously. If you’re bowled over by the chic checkered patterns, get hold of yourself because sassy stripes are here! Orange, pink, black, navy, kelly green…and every possible colored stripes you can imagine are in vogue. Colorful striped skinny pants are the new addition in women’s wear range, this season. Wear your pink and crème striped shirt blouse with high waist trouser to make a style statement. While you can pick some bright colored stripe fitted skirt with graphic printed blouse with balloon sleeves, for a girl’s hang out party.

Next in the trend list is the cool, casual yet stylish graphic printed women’s wear dresses and tops. Shirts, tees, skirts, and even sarees…women’s clothing holds endless options. This season women’s attire will witness a wide range of prints and patterns. From graphic, floral, oriental to geometric and animal prints, Spring/Summer 2013 is all about going bright and colorful with prints. Wear your checkered cigarette pants with vintage pink ruffled shirt and get ready to sizzle.

For the ultra feminine side, get ready to seduce yourself with romantic ruffles. Wear dresses and shirt blouses with statement frills and ruffles to make a big statement. While revamping your summer wardrobe, pick bright colored ruffled dresses from women’s clothing section and get ready to bask in the limelight.

When the subject of discussion is Spring-Summer trend, you can leave behind white clothing. This season is no exception. But what’s new is that this season goes bold with this pristine shade and designers advice to wear white on white. Don’t shy away from experimenting. Pick a women’s wear over-sized white shirt and team it up with white front slit skirt or hot pants. As said earlier, women’s attire looks half-made without colors, so when you’ll be embracing yourself in all-white clothing, add a pop of color in the form of accessories.

So get ready to inject a refreshing air into your wardrobe with these lively and current trends. Shop online and get access to amazing women’s wear selections at incredible price range.

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Women’s Soccer Player Throws Ball At Opponents Face

Not once…but twice! Like and subscribe for more videos ! The first time the Amherst player throws it in off the Colby player’s face, you figure it’s an accident. Maybe trying to play it off her torso to herself? Whatever, she apologizes, and tries again. And then, bam, you realize you’re watching a true NESCAC blood feud. Amherst defender Emily Little was assessed a yellow card for unsportsmanlike conduct, which seems eminently fair considering she twice did her best to obliterate Colby midfielder Maddie Tight’s face. The overheard comments from the spectators are the best—”Class act, classy act!”—not a surprise considering D-III athletics are usually only attended by family members of athletes. But one lady’s sarcastic “Way to waste time!” gives us a clue as to what’s going on here. Amherst was up 1-0 in the 89th minute, and at this point was just trying to run out the clock. If the ploy succeeded, Little would have repeatedly bounced the ball off of Tight and back out of bounds, ticking off valuable seconds. But twice was too much, and Little was assessed a yellow and Tight went down in pain—wasting time anyway. Amherst hung on to win. Well played, heartless soccer lady. Amherst Women’s Soccer Player Nails Opponent Twice In Face During Throw Delightful: College Soccer Player Throws Ball Off Her Opponent’s Face… Twice Amherst Women’s Soccer Player Throws Ball At Opponents Face Emily Little
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