Women’s Baseball in Nineteenth-Century New York and the Man Who Set Back Women’s Professional Baseball for Decades

By Debra A. Shattuck

This article was published in the 2017 The National Pastime.

New Yorkers love baseball. Their passion for the national game (and its bat-and-ball precursors) can be traced back into the earliest decades of the nineteenth century. Boys and men weren’t the only ones reveling in the excitement; girls and women were playing too — in cities large and small and in villages scattered across the rolling hills of upstate and western New York.   New Yorkers love baseball. Their passion for the national game (and its bat-and-ball precursors) can be . . .

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