Hardships and Ridicule

Women had to endure many hardships in the early days of the sport.  During all away games, the women were chaperoned.  There was no sponsorship available to women's baseball and the uniforms were home-made out of wool or satine; materials which were not conducive to either base-sliding or standing on the field on a hot summer's day.

Admission fees were not charged, so players had to rely on donations from spectators to purchase needed equipment.  Eventually, they were able to purchase team sweaters with some of the donations.

The women who played were often considered to be "tomboys" because it was believed that women should not play such "strenuous" games.  Their uniforms were considered inappropriate to be worn off the baseball diamond, and were frowned upon if worn while the lady was walking from the field to her home.

It was even more difficult on the women who held jobs during this time.  Injuries sustained in a game were not given time to heal before the woman was required to report to work the following morning.  One such case was "Toots" Taylor, catcher for Sudbury's baseball team and one of the best baseball players of the day.  Taylor would suffer sprained or broken fingers during the course of a game and would be required to show up to work the next day and perform her typing duties for the courthouse.


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