AAGPBL Glove

This glove (item# B-348.97) used by Vivian Kellogg, while playing for the Fort Wayne Daisies in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1945, is in need of conservation. This work will ensure that this glove is preserved to inspire the next generation of fans.

The AAGPBL, which began play in 1943 and lasted a dozen years and gave more than 600 women an opportunity that had never existed before. Popularized by the 1992 feature film A League of Their Own (“There’s no crying in baseball!”), the so-called “lipstick league” was the brainchild of Chicago Cubs owner Philip K. Wrigley as a way to keep the ballparks busy during World War II if manpower shortages threatened big league baseball.