58 – About the Bloomer Girls!


This is the Rubbery Shrubbery blog, where you’ve been learning how Yachats (YAH-hots), Oregon, acquires a Major League Baseball franchise. To learn more about Yachats and its inhabitants—called Yachatians (yah-HAY-shuns)— please go to this page or go to GoYachats.

This post gives you some more lowdown regarding the Triple Play Baseball Festival that will happen in July in Yachats.

About the Bloomer Girls!
by the Rubbery Shrubbery staff

Each summer the Triple Play festival features three events: (1) A speaker will talk about something related to baseball; (2) a quasi-baseball game for everyone will be played at Rubbery Shrubbery Stadium, as described in RS Post #57; and (3) another quasi-baseball game for all those who are age-deficient (if you are under seven, you get to play T-ball).

Today we’ll tell you about this year’s speaker, and you are really in luck! Our speaker will be Debbie Shattuck!

At 6:30 PM on Fri., July 19, 2013, in the Yachats Commons’s main auditorium, Ms. Shattuck will show her slide presentation, “Bloomer Girls! Women Baseball Pioneers.”

Figure 1. Advertisement of women's baseball game, 1883.

Ms. Shattuck’s presentation will include archived photos and historic drawings of the women who played baseball in the 1800s (see Fig. 1 and 2), and she’ll discuss how changes in America, such as industrialization and immigration, influenced attitudes toward these women. In addition to discussing 19th century women baseball teams, Ms. Shattuck will describe the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which existed from 1943 through 1954. This league was featured in the movie, A League of Their Own.

Figure 2. Miss Lizzie Arlington, pitcher in 1898.

Ms. Shattuck received her M.S. degree in history from Brown University, and at present she is a Ph.D. Candidate in history at the University of Iowa. The title of her talk in Yachats is also the title of her doctoral dissertation and the title of the book she is writing (to be published by the University of Illinois Press). Currently she is Assistant Professor of History at John Witherspoon College in Rapid City, South Dakota.

A retired U.S. Air Force Colonel, Ms. Shattuck taught world history, American history and military history at the Air Force Academy. She also created the school’s first Sport History course.

In addition, Ms. Shattuck was an advisor to Ken Burns for his 1994 Emmy Award-winning documentary, Baseball, supplying information on women players.

Here is the official Triple Play Baseball Festival Debbie Shattuck poster:

Burgundy Featherkile’s cool poster #1.

Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

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