All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was formed in 1942 in Chicago, to keep baseball going while the male players were off fighting World War II. Celebrated in the film “A League of Their Own,” The AAGPBL originated with only four teams. Ultimately, 545 women played professional baseball in this league before it closed after the 1954 season. Betsy Jochum of the South Bend Blue Sox, 1943-1948, donated her uniform and several programs, including the Racine Bells yearbook.
The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League: Rules of Conduct (excerpts)
The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League: Rules of Conduct
1. ALWAYS appear in feminine attire when not actively engaged in practice or playing ball. This regulation continues through the playoffs for all, even though your team is not participating. AT NO TIME MAY A PLAYER APPEAR IN THE STANDS IN HER UNIFORM, OR WEAR SLACKS OR SHORTS IN PUBLIC.
2. Boyish bobs are not permissible and in general your hair should be well groomed at all times with longer hair preferable to short hair cuts. Lipstick should always be on.
4. All social engagements must be approved by chaperone. Legitimate requests for dates can be allowed by chaperones.
12. Baseball uniform skirts shall not be shorter than six inches above the knee-cap.
FINES OF FIVE DOLLARS FOR FIRST OFFENSE, TEN DOLLARS FOR SECOND, AND SUSPENSION FOR THIRD, WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE IMPOSED FOR BREAKING ANY OF THE ABOVE RULES.