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The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League operated from 1943 to 1954 and represents one of the most unique periods in baseball history The league went through a full life cycle in its eleven years of existence and ended up being a predecessor for other womens leagues to come The All American Girls Professional Baseball League had many successes that surprised a lot of people but also faced many failures which resulted in its death as a womens professional baseball league The league was the brainchild and social experiment of Philip K Wrigley the chewing-gum mogul who had inherited the Chicago Cubs major league baseball franchise from his father In 1943 American men were serving in the armed forces during the second world war and but it was late in 1942 when Mr Wrigley helped developed the idea of women playing professional baseball which eventually grew into the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League He believed that famous managers such as Hall of Fame players Dave Bancroft Max Carey and Jimmie Foxx would draw fans to the new league Wrigley already had an established recruitment network in place from his ownership of the Cubs and had sports connections throughout North America Talent for the league was abundant and it was soon evident that the womens high caliber of play was going to be the main drawing card for the fans In Canada the driving force for the All American Girls Professional Baseball League was Johnny Gottselig who was a former defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks national hockey team in the 1920s and 1930s He was from Regina Sask and by 1942 was managing the Blackhawks Kansas City farm team He had many contacts among sporting figures in the Prairie Provinces one of which was a Regina-based hockey scout named Hub Bishop It was Bishop who was responsible for signing Mary Bonnie Baker Bishop was also responsible for scouting Arleene Johnnie Johnson after she
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