Linedrives & Lipstick
September 1 - October 20, 2012
the Untold Story of Women's Baseball
Sounds of America’s pastime: the crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd, the cheers of “Atta girl!” While the 1992 film A League of Their Own introduced contemporary audiences to the WWII-era All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, women’s baseball actually began with the creation of the Vassar College team in 1866.
Women were paid to play ball less than a decade later, and a surprising number of women were included on 20th-century men’s teams. Linedrives and Lipstick: The Untold Story of Women’s Baseball documents this forgotten side of America’s pastime with 45 images and 10 objects selected from one of the nation’s largest collections of women’s baseball memorabilia. A 1910 postcard featuring the Boston Bloomers, “Ladies Champion Baseball Club of the World,” touts the game as “A High Class, Moral Amusement,” while a 1931 soap advertisement depicting a cherubic, skirted blonde sliding into first base asks, “What’s wrong with the world when girls just will be boys?”
Image Courtesy of Exhibits USA
The Linedrives and Lipstick traveling exhibit was made possible by the Mid-America Arts Alliance.Mid-America Arts Alliance enriches communities through extraordinary cultural experiences.
In partnership with the state art agencies of Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas, M-AAA stretches the boundaries of the heartland to include national and international programs and arts activities.
and by a generous grant from the Edmond Women's Club
Former Exhibit Director: Nina Hager