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Women Making Baseball History


Women’s History Month Brings Baseball Players to UC Riverside

Women who played in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League will speak March 16

(March 9, 2006)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Five of the women who played in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League will get together again for a panel discussion at the University of California, Riverside, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 16 in Humanities 1500.

The UC Riverside’s Women’s Resource Center is sponsoring the panel as part of the celebration of March as Women’s History Month. The event is free and open to the public, although parking costs $6 per day.

“They weren’t paid well and they had to follow strict rules about appearing only in feminine attire, and wearing lipstick,” said Romanie Arterberry, student affairs officer at the Women’s Resource Center. “We invited them to share their experiences, to look at how women’s roles have changed in society, and just to honor them for their place in a very interesting part of women’s history.”

On the panel will be Dorothy "Snookie" Doyle, from the Rockford Peaches; Thelma "Tidy" Eisen from the Fort Wayne Daisies; Maybell Blair from the Peoria Redwings; Shirley Burkovich from the Muskegon Lassies; and 90-year-old Helen Campbell, who is the former chaperone for the Muskegon Lassies.

The All American Girls Professional Baseball League started during World War II as a way for the owners of baseball parks to continue drawing crowds while many male players were away fighting in the war. Overall, over 600 women athletes played professional baseball between 1943 and the end of the last teams in 1954.
The 1992 film, “A League of Their Own,” was based on their experiences.

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