Women’s Collection Donated to Institute for Baseball Studies

Maggie Riley, known as the "Female Babe Ruth," 1927.

Maggie Riley, known as the “Female Babe Ruth,” 1927.

The Institute for Baseball Studies has announced that it has received a major donation of framed and matted prints dedicated to the history of women’s baseball from Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame, Indiana) archivist, women’s baseball advocate, and collector John Kovach. The 49 prints comprise a major portion of an exhibition, “Linedrives and Lipstick: The Untold Story of Women’s Baseball,” which was curated by Kovach and which was toured throughout the country from 2008 through 2014 by Exhibits USA, a division of Mid-America Arts Alliance. The prints, dating from 1885 to 2014, include reproductions of original photographs and paper ephemera, magazine covers and illustrations, and so forth. Many of the prints will be on display in March 2017 at Whittier College, as part of a Women’s History Month exhibition and symposium presented in collaboration with the USC Annenberg Institute of Sports, Media and Society, and the International Women’s Baseball Center.

Racine Belles speedster Sophie Kurys slides into home plate, while Grand Rapids Chicks catcher Ruth "Tex" Lessing attempts to apply the tag, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, 1948.

Racine Belles speedster Sophie Kurys slides into home plate, while Grand Rapids Chicks catcher Ruth “Tex” Lessing attempts to apply the tag, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, 1948.

 

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