A league of her own: Professional girls baseball league player to speak
SYCAMORE – In 1943, Philip K. Wrigley founded the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. This was during World War II, and with the possibility that men’s baseball might be suspended, Wrigley decided that a woman’s league might be one way to prevent baseball franchises from losing money. Sycamore resident Betty Mullins was one of the women who played in the AAGPBL. She will she share her story at the Sycamore History Museum’s June 6 Brown Bag Lunch.
In 1948, Mullins was on the Grand Rapids Chicks, and the following year she was with the Fort Wayne Daisies. While a third baseman for the Daisies, she established a record of 12 assists from third to first in one game, a record that was never broken.
“We are honored to have Mullins come and talk at the Sycamore History Museum. Her stories are just one example of how history can be fun and exciting. This talk was planned during the summer with the hope that children playing baseball and softball might come to the program. She is a retired teacher, so she can definitely relate her memories to an audience of all ages,” explained Michelle Donahoe, executive director of the history museum. “This theme also fits in perfectly with our exhibit PLAY, which features stories about Sycamore Youth Baseball and Softball.” The exhibit PLAY explores what people did for fun in Sycamore over the years.
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