Linedrives and Lipstick: The Untold Story of Women’s Baseball

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 17, 2014 Contact: Michelle Jeffers Communications, Programs & Partnerships 415 557-4282 Exhibition Opening January 25

Linedrives and Lipstick: The Untold Story of Women’s Baseball

A new library exhibition opening Jan. 25, Linedrives and Lipstick, details the history of women’s baseball, dating back to the mid-nineteenth century and Vassar College. Linedrives and Lipstick, which will be on view at the Main Library’s Jewett Gallery through March 16, 2014, celebrates the legends and landmarks of the dedicated women athletes who hit, fielded, slid, and caught with passion. From early games played before small, yet curious crowds in 1875 to the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League’s 1948 season that attracted 910,000 paying fans, the history of women’s baseball was as exciting and tumultuous as a fast-paced game. Women were paid to play ball in the 1890s, and a surprising number of women were included on early 20th-century men’s teams. Linedrives and Lipstick: The Untold Story of Women’s Baseball documents this forgotten side of America’s pastime with 45 images, photos and 10 objects selected from one of the nation’s largest collections of women’s baseball memorabilia. Postcards of women at bat in long skirts, images of girls with scraped knees, and historic black-and-white photographs document more than a century of change for women’s baseball. The exhibition showcases many of the pioneering players, including Maggie Riley, Connie “Iron Woman” Wisniewski, and Ruth “Tex” Lessing, who garnered cheers from adoring fans—and braved critics’ jeers—as they barnstormed across the country from one game to the next. This exhibition and program are co-sponsored by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), Exhibits USA, a national program of the Mid-America Arts Alliance and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library Please join us for an exhibition opening program on women and baseball, Sunday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. at the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium, featuring baseball scholars David Block, Jean Ardell, Dorothy Mills, Leslie Heaphy and Monica Nucciarone. Other related programs Thursday @ Noon Films – Women in Sports March 6 A League of Their Own 1992, 128 minutes March 13 Whip it 2009, 111 minutes March 20 Bend it like Beckham 2002, 112 minutes March 27 Heart of the Game 2005, 97 minutes All films are screened in the Koret Auditorium at the Main Library.

January 22, 2014