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Tagged: 1930

Tagged: 1930

August 5, 1930. "The big league has nothing on this game. A good action shot of a couple of the girls at the 'Y' camp at Plano, Illinois." Witteman Bros. Collection "Albertype" collotype print, Library of Congress. View full size.

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In Canada

we called it "softball"


Sliding in shorts. No fielders' gloves.

Chicago softball

I have no reason to assume that woman's hand is significantly smaller than mine, so I'm going to go out on a limb and say that's the 16-inch circumference ball, common in Chicago-area leagues, and probably nowhere else. Plano is only 24 miles west of Naperville, where I encountered such balls in the 70s. My memory expects them to be bigger, because my hands were much smaller then.

Good action shot

Such an incredibly dynamic pose on the part of the woman tagging out the slider. The bent left knee, the straight right leg in the air, the arms extended in either direction: she could be a dancer.

On This Day In History --

I hate that I know this, but on this same day, August 5, 1930, 280 miles away in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Neil Armstrong was born.

Safe by a mile.

One can only guess where home plate is in this photo.

So -- Normal!

Many images from this time contain something jarring to the 21st century eye -- baggy bathing suits, clumpy hairstyles, boxy shoes, bad teeth. But these young ladies just look so nice, unremarkable, normal -- like girls my daughter would be hanging with.

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