Women in Baseball Research Committee

The Women in Baseball Committee was formed in 1990 to study the role of women in various aspects of professional baseball.

The committee is concerned with topics including the All American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), in existence from 1943-1954, and the female barnstorming teams of the 19th and 20th centuries. Another concern is the history of women’s involvement in baseball as officials and team owners. The committee publishes two newsletters a year.

  • Newsletters: To find current and past Women in Baseball committee newsletters, click here.
  • Announcements: To sign up for email announcements from this committee, click the “Announcements” button above, then click “Join Group” (). All SABR members are eligible to sign up for announcements from any committee.
  • High School Scholarship: Each year, SABR’s Women in Baseball Committee is pleased to award a scholarship to high school seniors in its Women in Baseball Essay Contest. Students are asked to write an essay of 1,500 words or less addressing the following question: “Choose one person or event in women’s baseball history that you believe has made a significant impact on the game and explain the importance.” Click here for more information or to view winning essays from previous years.
  • Historical Timeline: The committee is creating a comprehensive timeline that includes all aspects of women playing, working in, or being involved in baseball. No event or person is too small to include. Please click here to submit an entry for the timeline with as much or as little detail as you have. For example, you could an entry as simple as “1883: Dolly Vardens played” or something more specific such as “September 11, 1875: game in Springfield, IL between the blondes and brunettes.”
  • Dorothy Seymour Mills award: In 2017, the committee established the Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award — “The Dorothy” — named in honor of Dorothy Seymour Mills and her lifetime of contributions to promoting women’s baseball. Eligible candidates include any person with a sustained involvement in women’s baseball or any woman with a longtime involvement in baseball in any fashion — player, umpire, writer, executive, team owner, scout, etc. Candidates do not have to be living; it can be awarded posthumously. Self-nominations are accepted. To learn more, click here.