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March 17, 2011

Hall of Fame to present programs dedicated to women


— Since baseball’s earliest days, women have been major contributors to the strength and character of the National Pastime.

In honor of Women’s History Month, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will examine the role of women in baseball with a day long lineup of events Saturday. The Hall of Fame will present Women in Baseball Day, a celebration of accomplishments of women on and off the diamond.

Events will include an Authors Series presentation, an Artifact Spotlight featuring treasures related to women in baseball and a special screening of oral history interviews with members of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. All events are included with museum admission.

The schedule of events includes:

• Authors Series: Curveball at 11 a.m. in the Bullpen Theater, which is on the first floor.

Professor and journalist Martha Ackmann will discuss her book, “Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone, the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League.” The program will be followed by a book signing. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

• Artifact Spotlight: Women in Baseball at 1 p.m. in the learning center, which is on the first floor. An up-close look at artifacts from the Hall of Fame’s vault. This 20-minute program will highlight artifacts related to the history of women in baseball.

• Inside the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League at 2 p.m. in the Bullpen Theater, which is on the first floor.

Learn about life in the All American Girls’ Professional Baseball League in this panel discussion recorded during the official opening of the Hall of Fame’s Diamond Dreams exhibit in May 2006. The hour long interview features many stories and anecdotes as told by former AAGPBL players.

The museum’s Diamond Dreams exhibit, which honors women contributors to baseball  including Hall of Famer Effa Manley is open to visitors daily as part of the museum experience. One of the Hall of Fame’s most popular exhibits, Diamond Dreams, salutes the roles women have played in baseball at every level, from on the diamond to in the front office, according to a media release.

For more information on these and other programs, visit www.baseballhall.org.