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The South Bend Blue Sox: A History of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Team and Its Players, 1943-1954 [Kindle Edition]

Jim Sargent
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Immortalized in the film A League of Their Own, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League debuted in 1943 as a way to fill ballpark seats should Major League Baseball suspend operations during World War II. Any fan expecting to see a watered-down version of the game was in for quite a surprise. The women on the field proved every bit as tough and competitive as their male counterparts, running with abandon, diving for catches, and sliding fearlessly, all while wearing uniforms with short skirts. This work examines the history of the league as seen through the eyes of the players and management and the experiences of the South Bend Blue Sox--one of only two teams to play in all 12 seasons of the league. Although players never saw themselves as revolutionaries, these daring heroines helped pave the way toward greater freedom of choice for the generations of women who followed.

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"Based on extensive primary-source research, this book is the most comprehensive examination of a single team from the AAGPBL." --Leslie Heaphy, Encyclopedia of Women and Baseball

About the Author

Jim Sargent, a longtime professor of American history, retired as dean of the Social Science Division at Virginia Western Community College in 2010. Before that, he taught on the college and university level for more than 30 years. Jim lives in Roanoke, Virginia. Robert M. Gorman is head of the reference department at Winthrop University's Dacus Library. He received the 2009 Sporting News-SABR Baseball Research Award for the book he and David Weeks wrote, Death at the Ballpark (McFarland, 2009). He lives in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

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  • File Size: 6737 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (November 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006U0ILUA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars The South Bend Blue Sox is a Grand Slam !! April 8, 2013
By Bob R
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Jim Sargent is a devoted sports fan and has authored over 100 articles published about sports and authored or co-authored several books about sports. Among his published articles are ones about NBA great George Yardley, NFL great Roger Brown, and the only athlete to win World Championships in two professional sports in the 20th century (Major League Baseball and NBA), Gene Conley. He does in depth research for his work and gets to know each subject personally and has maintained a relationship with many of his subjects for many years. Dr. Sargent has taught at the university level for decades and recently retired as Social Sciences chairman at Virginia Western Community College. When Jim Sargent is involved in a writing project you are guaranteed that the result will be well researched, well written and an informative, fun read. You can be assured that The South Bend Blue Sox maintains that high standard. ENJOY !!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Story of real players in a league of their own June 8, 2013
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Maybe Rosie the Riveter went back to the kitchen in 1945, but the independent women in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League that was formed by Chicago businessman Philip Wrigley during WWII were just getting warmed up, even as the big league male players whose absence they were intended to mollify were being mustered out of the armed services. Playing with energy and skill, the women offered an exciting game of softball/baseball (more softball at the start and more baseball at the end, a process fully delineated in the book) that entertained Midwestern sports fans until declining attendance at ballparks during the dawn of television led to the demise of the league after 1954. Sargent and Gorman tell the story of the Blue Sox, one of only two teams in the league that played during all twelve years of the league's existence and that stayed (for home games) in a single city, South Bend in the case of the Blue Sox. The straightforward narrative is laid out in twelve chapters, one for each year the team played, and features an easy-to-read journalistic style but one buttressed by a rigorous scholarship which taps not only archives and primary sources but interviews that Jim Sargent conducted with many of the aging ex-players. The book shows what their lives were like and what they had to go through to play baseball in midcentury America. For these women, athletic excellence was a ticket to escape traditional roles and achieve a more exciting life. But the price of the ticket included the obligation to obey team chaperones and to conform to midcentury notions of proper decorum for young ladies, albeit young ladies decked out in short skirts ill-suited for the game but not unappealing to male spectators. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Women and the Game April 11, 2013
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This book is a must read for all sports history fans but it is also a great book for woman who are interested in learning more about successful women in sports. As I turned the pages, I could not help but be intrigued by the energy, dedication, loyalty, and, most importantly, the leadership that the female players displayed. These women give new meaning to the phrase: "Play Ball." Playing ball for them meant wearing short skirts while sliding into bases and having to have the right shade of lipstick to go with the uniform. In a time of American History when there were few opportunities for woman in both sports and the workplace, the players present strong, successful figures. These women are ready to inspire our current young generation of women athletes who strive to be team players and high achievers. Please get this book for a special woman in your life who needs to read this fascinating history.
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