Start Date: Sunday, May 20, 2018End Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018
The history of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League is brief but its legacy is immeasurable. For the first time female athletes could compete and be just as popular and successful as the men. It proved that women’s sport could be a money maker. Its greatest legacy is that it inspired so many young women to play baseball, and other sports, and they knew they could be just as good as the boys.
At the time the AAGPBL folded it had given 600 women, 26 from Saskatchewan, the opportunity to play professional baseball for the first time. Many of them continued to play baseball and some went on to great success. In time, they were recognized individually and collectively by halls of fame: the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, the Baseball Hall of Fame and so many more. It wasn’t just because they played in the AAGPBL, of course that didn’t hurt. It was also because they were phenomenal athletes. They were the best of their era and they needed to be recognized.