Celebrate Women’s History Month at Hall of Fame
(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – For more than 150 years, women have made history in the National Pastime.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum chronicles the pioneering and historic efforts of women in baseball every day via exhibits, online resources and educational programing – and spotlights these stories during Women’s History Month in March.
Visitors to the Museum in Cooperstown will discover Diamond Dreams, the second-floor exhibit which features artifacts ranging from All-American Girls Professional Baseball League tunics to equipment used by some of the earliest female baseball stars. One of the Museum’s most popular exhibits, Diamond Dreams also features tributes to the current generation of women in executive and on-field roles across Major League Baseball.
Fans can also experience women’s history through virtual programs hosted by the Museum’s team of educators. Upcoming events include:
Thursday, March 3 at 2 p.m. ET: Join baseball pioneer Ila Borders in a Virtual Voices of the Game program. On Feb. 15, 1994, Borders became the first woman to pitch in a men’s college baseball game when she pitched a five-hitter for Southern California College against the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in a 12-1 victory. Borders continued to play professionally, making her minor league debut on May 31, 1997, with the St. Paul Saints of the Northern League. The uniforms she wore for both of those milestone games are preserved in the Museum's digital collection.
Wednesday, March 9 at 1 p.m. ET: Join us for a Virtual Field Trip, Women’s History: Dirt on Their Skirts, which is geared toward students and families. In this program, students and their families will explore milestones and events in the history of women and girls in baseball to determine how their achievements led to greater opportunities for all.
Thursday, March 24 at 2 p.m. ET: Author Anika Orrock will be featured in a Virtual Author Series program. Orrock wrote the funny, charming, and powerful book, “The Incredible Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League”. Filled with player statistics and historical headlines, Orrock's book tells the history of the AAGPBL featuring stories by the players themselves.
More programs will be added throughout the month.
To further highlight the important role of women in baseball, the Hall of Fame has debuted a new web page that features a timeline of historic events involving women in baseball, along with educational resources.
Throughout the month of March, the Hall of Fame’s social media channels – available on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook– will highlight these important stories of women’s baseball history.