'Our Lady Reporter': Introducing Some Women Baseball Writers, 1900–30

By Donna L. Halper

This article was published in the Fall 2019 Baseball Research Journal.

Stereotypical beliefs about women permeate American popular culture, especially about their lack of interest in sports. Nearly all news and sports reporters of the early 1900s were male, as were their editors, who geared their coverage to the male reader. As such, sending a woman who usually wrote about fashion and homemaking to cover a ballgame from the “feminine point of view” was considered a jolly gimmick. Despite stereotyping, a few young women of that era had successful careers that involved baseball. . . .

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