New York City: Dell Publishing, 1947. Small Octavo. Item #028200
While the emphasis was on the first season of Major League Baseball after the end of World War II, the last section deals with the All American Girls Baseball League (featuring Dorothy Kamenshek and Joanne Winter who are in the Women's Baseball Hall of Fame). The movie A League of Their Own was based on their exploits. The picture on the front is of Stan (the Man) Musial who, after his service in the war, came back to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a pennant and winners of the 1946 World Series over the Boston Red Sox. There are full page pictures of Enos Slaugher, Harry (the Cat) Breechen (who became the first left hander to win three games in a world series), as well as Ralph Kiner and others. Typical of the era, the women's teams were managed by men. 1946 was the first year that women's baseball was on the radio in Racine, Wisconsin. Of course, the book is packed with statistics of the era, page 105 describes how Bill Wambsganss made the only unassisted triple play in World Series History. A very readable book on how baseball was seen just after World War II. Bound in color pictorial paper wraps lettered in red and black, some toning and minor edge wear, pages have toning to outer margins. A very good copy.