Thursday, March 04, 2010

Women's History Month Map Exhibit at Ball State University Libraries

All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Teams Map: Women’s History Month Map Exhibit in Ball State University Libraries

Mapping A League of Their Own

The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research & Map Collection (GRMC) has created a map depicting the teams that participated in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1943 to 1954. Most commonly known from the Penny Marshall motion picture A League of Their Own in 1992, these teams represented the advent of women participating in professional sports.

The map, The Girls of Summer: All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Teams, 1943-1954, is based on the book A Whole New Ballgame: The Story of All-American Girls Professional Baseball League by Sue Macy, which is available from the Educational Resources Collections in Ball State University Libraries. Images and programs from the book are featured on the map, including a photograph of the cast of A League of Their Own dressed as the Rockford Peaches.

Indiana is represented on the map by two teams—the Fort Wayne Daisies and the South Bend Blue Sox. Many of the photographs in the book were published courtesy of the Collection of the Northern Indiana Historical Society in South Bend.

The map is available in PDF-format from the Ball State University Libraries’ Cardinal Scholar institutional repository at http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/938/.

For more information about the map exhibit, please contact the staff of the GRMC at 765/285-1097.