From the 1930s to the 1950s, in the days before television, people turned out in the thousands to watch women’s softball teams play in Arizona. The Ramblers and the Queens, two Phoenix teams, won five national championships between them in the 1940s, garnering Phoenix the title of Softball Capitol of the World. These women endured sexism and stereotyping, playing in short shorts or skirts and maintaining a feminine, attractive appearance even as they competed vigorously to win. Women of color also experienced racism during this time period, but love of the game fueled their desire to compete.
This presentation draws on oral histories and photos that describe athletes such as Dottie Wilkinson, Flossie Ballard, Rose Mofford, and Billie Harris, who excelled on the softball field and represented Arizona with vigor and grace.
- Thursday, June 11, 2009
- 12-1 p.m.
- Carnegie Center, 1101 West Washington, ￼Phoenix, AZ 85007
Free and open to the public. Bring your lunch. Light refreshments served. Free parking. For more information, call 602-926-3368 or send an e-mail.
Speaker Mary Melcher is a historian and consultant who works with organizations and museums to develop publications, exhibits and other projects. Her publications on Arizona history focus on ranch and farmwomen, civil rights, public health, and the impact of World War II. Dr. Melcher has conducted more than one hundred oral histories with Arizonans.