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February 12, 2014

Historical Photographs of the New York Female Giants in 1913

New York Female Giants was an all woman baseball team from around 1913. In 1913 there were 32 players divided between the red and blue New York Female Giants teams. In 1913 a team member was arrested for selling a program at their game that was held on a Sunday violating the blue laws.

Historian Michael Carlebach notes in his book Bain's New York that it seems likely that the Giants were created by John McGraw, manager of the MLB's Giants, then a New York team. The young women of the team, mostly high school students, were a curiosity and perhaps seen by many as a mere stunt—but the athletes played for real.

(Photos © The Library of Congress)



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