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AAGPBL Tribute at 100th Anniversay of Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field 100th anniversary2014- The Chicago Cubs celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Wrigley Field

MLB honored the players from the All American Girls Professional Baseball League on June 6th. Players who were in close proximity to Chicago who were guests of the Cubs for the game and some special  moments on and off the field.

The AAGPBL was originally scheduled to play women's baseball at Wrigley Field to keep MLB alive during the War years when Phillip Wrigley feared MLB would die because of the number of players at all levels of professional baseball were either volunteering or were being drafted into the Armed Services. At Wrigley's invitation, many girls who had been recuited in 1942, were invited to Wrigley Field  to try out to play in this new league. The stage was set and the girls did play exhibition games at the field and were the first professional baseball team to play under the make-shift portable lights at the stadium as recalled by Mary Pratt, one of the original players who pitched in the exhibition games under the lights.

To honor those days, major league baseball gave away 20,000 bobbleheadJochum 1st pitch dolls to the fans depicting the AAGPBL players in skirted uniform. One player from the 1942 Racine Belles, Betsy Jochum and one player from the 1954 Grand Rapids Chicks, Jeneane Lesko, threw out the first pitch(s)- representing all the teams from the beginning of the League in 1942 to the final year of play in 1954. Several players from various years in the League, led by Dolly Konwinski, were given the honor of singing the Baseball signature song "Take Me Out To lhe Ball Game" from the Announcer's booth. All the former players were treated to hot dogs and a great hard-fought baseball game with the Cubs winning in overtime over the Marlins.

Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014

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