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American Baseball Professional League - History

The first four teams were founded in South Bend, Indiana; Kenosha and Racine, Wisconsin; and Rockford, Illinois. The players were recruited wherever they could be found, but the best source seemed to be the Girls Athletic Association (GAA). The first season began in the summer of 1944. The league thrived the first few seasons garnering much popularity and fan support.

But when the war ended in 1945, things began to get hard. Especially the fact that when the men returned and took up their old jobs, forcing women out of the workplace and challenging the popularity of women’s baseball. The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League reached its peak in 1948, then began to fall. The teams eventually all went into debt, and between 1949 and 1951, it dwindled down to nothing. However, women’s baseball holds a special place in history, with a section of the Baseball Hall of Fame dedicated to this era.

With soccer becoming a hit among women in the United States, with their World Championships, baseball has taken a backseat. It will come to a point again in the future where baseball becomes a hit amongst the average woman. WNBA has become highly commercialized, and soccer extremely popular. Why not baseball?

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