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Debra A. Shattuck

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040375

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040375.001.0001

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1865–1879: Contesting a National Pastime

1865–1879: Contesting a National Pastime

The Amateur Game

(p.27) 2. 1865–1879: Contesting a National Pastime
Bloomer Girls

Debra A. Shattuck

University of Illinois Press

Tension between those wanting to maintain baseball as an amateur game and those wanting to professionalize it increased. Men increasingly identified baseball as a manly pastime yet girls and women continued to play. Both organized pick-up teams, civic teams, business teams, school teams, college teams, amateur teams, and professional teams. There were over 100 female teams located in twenty-one of thirty-eight states plus the Kingdom of Hawaii. Students organized teams at Vassar College in 1866 and 1867. Elizabeth Cady Stanton described a girls’ team at Peterboro, New York in 1868 and, although untrue, some newspaper editors began equating female players with women’s rights. Most female teams were white, but there were a small number of black teams.

Keywords:   amateur, professional, civic teams, pick-up teams, college teams, Vassar College, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Peterboro, Kingdom of Hawaii, black teams

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