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Where women’s baseball came from

Women have been playing baseball almost since its inception.

The first mention of women’s baseball teams dates back to the 1860s.

In 1876, the first game between two women’s teams took place.

During the late 19th century and early 20th century, women’s baseball teams became increasingly popular.

Professional leagues:

  • In 1910, the first professional women’s baseball league, the AAGPBL, was founded.
  • The AAGPBL lasted until 1954.
  • In the 1990s, new professional women’s baseball leagues such as the IWBL and NPF were created.
  • In 2022, MLB announced the creation of the MLB Draft Combine, where women can showcase their skills and have a chance to get into professional baseball.

Important Events:

  • 1943: Philip Wrigley, owner of the Chicago Cubs, founded the AAGPBL.
  • 1948: Mabel Stillman became the first black woman to play professional baseball.
  • 1992: The film Their Own League tells the story of the AAGPBL and promotes women’s baseball.
  • 2004: The first Women’s Baseball World Championship.

Women’s baseball continues to grow worldwide.

  • The WBSC (World Baseball and Softball Confederation) recognises women’s baseball and holds international competitions.
  • Women’s baseball teams participate in the Olympic Games.

Differences between women’s baseball and men’s baseball:

  • Women’s baseball is still not as popular as men’s baseball.
  • Women face gender inequality in baseball.
  • There is a lack of funding and support for women’s baseball programmes.


  • Women’s baseball has great potential for growth.
  • More and more girls and women are starting to play baseball.
  • The number of professional women’s baseball leagues is increasing.
  • Women are becoming increasingly successful in baseball.

Women’s baseball teams and leagues have demonstrated that women can play baseball at a high level.

Women’s baseball is inspiring girls and women around the world.

1. The first women’s baseball game:

  • On 23 September 1867, the first women’s baseball game was held in Brooklyn, New York.
  • The Philadelphia Ladies and the New York Ketchups teams played against each other in front of 2,000 spectators.
  • The Philadelphia Ladies won by a score of 21-13.

2. First professional women’s baseball club:

  • In 1890, the first professional women’s baseball club, the Bloomington Bloomer Girls, was founded.
  • The Indiana team lasted only one season, but it paved the way for other women’s baseball teams.

3. Women in baseball during World War II:

  • During World War II, when many men went to the front lines, women began playing professional baseball.
  • The All-American Women’s Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) operated from 1943 to 1954.
  • The league was very popular and some of its players became real stars.

4. Revival of women’s baseball:

  • In the 1970s, there was a revival of interest in women’s baseball.
  • The National Women’s Baseball Association (NWBA) was founded and lasted until 1981.
  • In the 1990s, several new women’s baseball leagues were created, including the International Women’s Baseball League (IWBL).

5. Women’s baseball today:

  • Today, women’s baseball is an increasingly popular sport.
  • In 2020, the Women’s Professional Baseball League (WBL) was founded.
  • The U.S. women’s baseball team won a bronze medal at the 2020 Olympics.

Women have been competing for the right to play baseball equally with men for many years, and they have made significant strides. Women’s baseball is an exciting and dynamic sport that deserves attention.