Rothenberg: 75 years ago, AAGPBL shined a light at Wrigley Field

From SABR member Matt Rothenberg at on July 2, 2018:

In July of 1933, a game of baseball’s biggest stars captivated a near sell-out crowd on the south side of Chicago as well as all those following the contest throughout the nation.

Ten years later, on July 1, 1943, a game of softball’s stars attracted several thousand fans on the north side of Chicago and merited barely two paragraphs in the Chicago Tribune. And the second paragraph concerned the first game of the twilight twinbill.

But just as in the inaugural Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 1933, the 1943 contest in Chicago made history.

The All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League, which early in its inaugural season operated under the moniker of “All-American Girls’ Softball League,” announced in late June that it would feature a game between a team of Wisconsin-based players (playing for Racine and Kenosha) and a team of players representing South Bend, Ind., and Rockford, Ill.

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Originally published: July 2, 2018. Last Updated: July 2, 2018.