Women's Baseball Day
annually on September 11th
Women's Baseball Day commemorates that day in 1875, when the first women's baseball game where fans were charged and players were paid took place. It was between "Blondes" and "Brunettes" and was held in Springfield, Illinois. Prior to this, women had played baseball at Vassar College, starting in 1866. Teams of "Bloomer Girls" played across the country from the 1890's to the 1930's. Between 1943 and 1954, The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League existed, where 600 women competed in the sport professionally. Since 2004, women's baseball teams from around the world have competed in the Women's Baseball World Cup.
How to Observe
The day could be celebrated by helping Baseball For All in their goal of getting more women and girls to play baseball. If you are a woman, you could spend the day getting friends together to play a game of baseball. If you have a daughter, you could teach them about the history of women participating in baseball, and introduce her to the sport. The day could also be spent watching A League of Their Own, which is about the All-American Girls Professional League.