The Edmond Sun

September 4, 2012

Linedrives and Lipstick: The Untold Story of Women’s Baseball exhibit opens


The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — America’s national pastime has included women players from baseball’s beginning in the 1860s. Their impact on the game and American society is brought clearly to light in Linedrives and Lipstick: The Untold Story of Women’s Baseball, an exhibition Sept.1 through Oct. 20 at the Edmond Historical Society & Museum.

The exhibit’s opening reception will be Sept. 6 from 5:30-7 p.m. Attention all small businesses: Come dressed in matching baseball shirts to the opening. The museum staff will be sporting  EHS baseball shirts.

Sept. 6 from 5:30-7 p.m. will be a night of beer, dogs and baseball fare. Participants who are bringing a large group should call ahead so staff can have enough yummies to go around.

 The exhibition goes beyond the story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League of the 1940s. Linedrives and Lipstick brings to life the images of women who loved the crack of the bat and the thrill of a running one-handed catch with two outs in the ninth.

Visitors will get to know Jackie Mitchell, who struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game in 1931 and Sophie Kurys of the South Bend Blue Sox, who still holds the record for the most stolen bases in one season in any league.

Linedrives and Lipstick features more than 60 items, ranging from picture postcards, game programs, photographs, posters, original artifacts, and in-depth articles from mainstream magazines such as Colliers, Liberty, and The Saturday Evening Post.

The museum is at 431 S. Boulevard. For more information visit www.edmondhistory.org or call 340-0078.