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Haase: Wisconsin league honors AAGPBL by living their history

From Nicole Haase at Brew Crew Ball on August 9, 2013:

There are soldiers in various states of undress lounging under trees - one is shaving himself in a handheld mirror. Women in cat-eye glasses and saddle shoes carry military issue sacks to a baseball field, change into cleats and pull out small, five-finger gloves and start throwing softballs to each other. You've seen their oufits in a movie, but never this close. Then a man in a Nazi uniform calls play ball and softball game breaks out.

The scene is a little anachronous, but under a sunny June sky in a big, green field, it also directly out of a perfect dream.

While there are always plenty of personas for men to portray at WWII military encampments, it turns out the pickings can be kind of slim for their female counterparts. Rebecca Tulloch had been portraying a US Women’s Airforce Service Pilot, a French Resistance member, and US home front civilian for a number of years at these sorts of encampments when she purchased a Rockford Peaches uniform on the internet in 2009. At the time, she had no idea where that purchase would lead.

"I had been a WWII Living Historian for a few years and was looking to add a new impression. I had always liked the 1992 film, 'A League of Their Own' and thought this would be a nice impression to portray at reenactments," she said.

Of course, once Tulloch had the uniform on, she wanted to play baseball in it. She took to the internet to see if there were any leagues reenacting the All American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) and couldn't find any.

Read the full article here: http://www.brewcrewball.com/2013/8/8/4603784/local-league-honors-aagpbl-by-living-their-history

This page was last updated August 9, 2013 at 11:24 am MST.

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