'American Girls' league game to honor former players

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Staff | August 7, 2013

 In 1943, during the midst of World War II, changes were rampant in the American home front. Thousands of men were serving overseas in the military, and women were now filling their places in factories and even ball fields.

The All American Girls Professional Baseball League was started in the early 1940s as a way for fans to keep going to the ballpark to watch the game. A movie was made about the group in 1992:  “A League of Their Own”

Catch a re-enactment of an AAGPBL game at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11, at Alverno College's softball field, located at 3400 S. 43rd St., Milwaukee.

Three women who played in the AAGPBL will be honored at the game, including Joyce Hill Westerman, who played for five teams, among them the Racine Belles.

Admission and parking are free. Proceeds from donations will be used to send the three honorees to an AAGPBL reunion later this year.

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