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Photos and Ephemera Related to the Peoria Redwings of the All American Girls Baseball League
Peoria, Illinois 1948 - A collection consisting of: 25 black and white double weight gelatin silver photographs. Of the 25 images, 22 of them are signed by the players while they were still in the league. Additionally there are 12 printed player biographies clipped from a yearbook, and an additional 12 player biographies clipped from a newspaper. Most photos measure 4.5" x 3.5", six are larger. Most items very good, most of the bios with evidence of their removal scrapbook.The All American Girls Baseball League (now known as the AAGPBL or All-American Girls Professional Baseball League) existed from 1943 to 1954. It was the brainchild of a committee started by Chicago Cubs owner Philip K. Wrigley to make up for attendance losses due to many male major league players serving in World War II. The committee recommended a girls' softball league, which morphed into a hybrid of softball and baseball. With semi-pro women's softball leagues finding some success, the group scoured the United States and Canada ultimately recruiting 280 young women to a try out in Chicago. 60 were chosen for the new professional league. Girls as young as 15 agreed to have no other employment during the season and most were paid more than their parents earned in skilled jobs. During spring training, the women were required to attend charm school, with each player receiving a beauty kit.These photos and biographies show at least thirteen different women from the 1948 Peoria Redwings. It was the league's best year of attendance with 910,000 present to watch games between 10 teams. The items were once housed in a scrap book and were later removed. Each woman is shown in one or two team issued photos as well as with either a biography clipped from the Redwings' yearbook or what we suspect to be the local newspaper (many of the women are represented with both bios). The team boasted the Roth twins, Elaine and Eilaine (that's not a typo), Faye Dancer and Gloria Ruiz. Dancer was the first AAGPBL player to hit two home runs in a game and was inducted into the National Women's Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002. Ruiz was one of seven Cuban women to play in the AAGPBL.Signed photos of the women of recent vintage are fairly common; period signatures, especially on team issued photos, appear to be quite scarce. In various iterations of a search for signed AAGPBL memorabilia on Worthpoint and Liveauctioneers, we looked through a couple thousand sales, locating only a few signed items from the period and only one group of team issued photos (a Redwings archive sold by Leland Little Auctions in 2016). While these search engines are by no means exhaustive, we find the ratio telling. We've located one Redwings yearbook in OCLC. There's also a scrapbook related to the Redwings' 1948 season at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum that was donated by a player.A fine group documenting a short-lived experiment in women's professional sports. An inventory is available upon request. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
      [Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA]
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