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“Take Me Out to The Bellegame”

“Take Me Out to The Bellegame”

How the AAGPBL Gained and Maintained Its Highly Respected Reputation

Chapter:
(p.23) “Take Me Out to The Bellegame”
Source:
A Locker Room of Her Own
Author(s):
Kimberly Young
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617038136.003.0002

This chapter explores the legacy of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) in the sport. The AAGPBL existed from 1943 to 1954, and it was founded by Philip K. Wrigley, the chewing gum and baseball entrepreneur. After the Second World War, the AAGPBL retained its popularity among the public, as it embodied the ideals of womanhood. When the AAGPBL closed, it was remembered as an institution that operated outside the paradigms of politics, gender, and identity, and as a symbol of women’s liberation from a male-dominated society.

Keywords:   baseball, Philip K. Wrigley, Second World War, womanhood

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