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In Honor of Annabelle Lee

by on January 28, 2010

Sue Macy’s submission to Baseballisms.com reprinted with permission.  Note – Sue Macy mentioned Annabelle Lee during the recording of our Cover the Bases podcast discussing her book A Whole New Ball Game: The Story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.  When I watched the documentary Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey on the MLB Network, and saw Annabelle prominently featured discussing her nephew Bill, I reached out to Sue.  Here is her response:

“Annabelle died in the summer of 2008, which just happened to be when I got a new cat. I named her Annabelle Lee. She’s not a lefty as far as I can tell, but she definitely has Annabelle’s spunk.”

Thanks Sue!  A great tale from a true baseball fan …

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An interview with Sue Macy, author of the baseball book A Whole New Ball Game: The Story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, on this episode of the Cover the Bases podcast.

Sue transformed a fortuitous discovery into a larger research project, which A Whole New Ball Game | Author Sue Macy | Podcastturned into the writing of this book, which ultimately developed into life long relationship with the League.  The discovery was made in the early 1980’s and came to fruition with the publishing of A Whole New Ballgame in 1993.  Sue’s discovery coincided with the women from the League reaching out across the country in an attempt to locate some of the 600 former players.  A common trait that Sue witnessed when she finally got to meet some of these players is a pure love of the game, most often instilled by fathers and brothers.

Women’s professional baseball was played during the 1940’s and 1950’s as part of the war effort.  Concern over the possibility that President Roosevelt might suspend play of the major leagues, inspired P.K. Wrigley and Branch Rickey in particular to initiate the formation of the League.  They were instrumental in developing the teams (including financing), recruiting players and placing teams in cities across the midwest.

The largest number of teams during one season was ten, including the Chicago Colleens, Fort Wayne Daisies, Grand Rapid Chicks, Kenosha Comets, Muskegon Lassies, Peoria Redwings, Racine Belles (below), Rockford Peaches, South Bend Blue Sox, and Springfield Sallies.

Racine Belles | Author Sue Macy | Podcast Interview | Baseballisms.com

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