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Bloomer Girls: Women Baseball Pioneers

Debra A. Shattuck


This book is the first to document the transformation of America’s national pastime from a gender-neutral sport into a highly-gendered “man’s game.” For decades, most modern scholars of sport have assumed that baseball was, and always has been, a man’s game. Yet baseball began as a gender-neutral “blank slate” upon which adult men and women wrote their gendered narratives and then taught those narratives to their children. Baseball’s gendered future was never inevitable nor was it quickly solidified or uncontested. Every decade of the nineteenth century saw more girls and women playing and wat ... More

Keywords: gender, culture, American sport, amateur, professional, scholastic, collegiate, women baseball players, national pastime, nineteenth century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040375
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040375.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Debra A. Shattuck, author
John Witherspoon College