Here is a story by Glen Sparks from his blog the dazzyvancechronicles.
By Glen Sparks
Sophie Bergmann wanted her young daughter to take piano lessons. Erma opted to grab a bat and glove. The promises of a sun-filled sports world beat out any talk from mom about a future concert recital.
She grew up on the St. Louis sandlots, a tomboy in the 1930s and ‘40s. Erma starred as a teenager on her women’s fast-pitch team in the St. Louis Amateur Softball League. Scouts from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League took note.
Phillip K. Wrigley, the chewing-gum king and Chicago Cubs owner, organized the All-American League in 1943. Wrigley figured that it might keep fans interested in baseball even as more and more Major League players departed for Europe and the Pacific.
Teams included the Rockford (Ill.) Peaches, the Racine (Wisc.) Belles, the Kenosha (Wisc.) Comets and the South…
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