AAGPBLAll-American Girls Professional Baseball League
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The AAGPBL emerged in 1943 as the brainchild of Philip K.
For whatever reason, the story of the AAGPBL briefly vanished.
Fidler's (1976) master's thesis on the rise and decline of the AAGPBL was one of the first comprehensive historical accounts of the league.
Browne (1996) contributed a chapter on the AAGPBL in a book focusing on Canadian baseball.
Adler (2003) presented a very patriarchal view of the league that conforms to the gender stereotypes of the time, while books by Rappaport and Callan (2000) and Corey (2003) celebrate the non-traditional roles assumed by women in the AAGPBL.
Wilson and Candaele (1987) and Taylor (1987) produced historical accounts of the league interspersed with player interviews conducted at the 1986 AAGPBL reunion.
The AAGPBL and its history were immortalized in the 1992 film A League of Their Own.
Clarity and specificity of questions, as well as asking respondents questions that were relevant to them and their AAGPBL experiences were utilized in order to ensure as carefully as possible the reliability of the instrument (Babbie, 1983).
In describing those who were most influential in becoming an AAGPBL fan, many (48%) indicated parents, friends, or siblings as primary socializing agents.
Table 1 Initial AAGPBL Involvement Influence in becoming a fan(*) Males Females Parents/GP 10 (24%) 17 (26%) Siblings/ Spouse/ other relative 4 (10%) 10 (15%) Friends/ other players 8 (20%) 22 (34%) * Partial response list With whom fans attended games(*) Males Females Parents/GP 15 (37%) 25 (38%) Siblings/ Spouse/ other relative 20 (49%) 24 (37%) Friends 18 (44%) 36 (55%) * Partial response list
Questions regarding initial involvement in becoming an AAGPBL fan also included identification of which team fans supported and why.
The talent and dedication of the AAGPBL players, as well as the unique entertainment void the League filled, aided in making the League popular for 12 seasons.