Dorothy Seymour Mills, an independent scholar living in Naples, Florida, co-authored the first scholarly history of baseball with her late husband, Harold Seymour. Since his passing, she has concentrated mostly on the history of women in baseball, with three of her books having been published by McFarland. Her forthcoming eBook, Who Ever Heard of a Girls’ Baseball Club? is being published by Thinker Media.
New research has shown that women and girls have been playing baseball in America about as long as men and boys. The feminine side of the sport is not as new as most people think.
Those who discover that women are not new to baseball see this fact as curious but not earthshaking. What they really want to know about is the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) in which about 700 women played from 1943 to 1952 (the one featured in the hit movie, “A League of Their Own”).