Category Archives: Amateur Women’s Softball

Shirley Jameson:  Diminutive Chicago Star Athlete of the 1930s and 1940s in Speed Skating, Softball, and Baseball; Essay by Robert Pruter

Shirley Jameson was one of the premier Chicago premier athletes between World War I and World War II, building nationally recognized careers in three sports–first in speed skating and softball in the late 1930s and then in AAGPBL baseball (“A League of Our Own”) in the mid-1940s. Continue reading

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The Complex Story of the Barnstorming Chocolate Co-Eds of Chicago: Exemplification of Black Achievement or Circus Side Show?; Essay by Robert Pruter

The Chocolate Co-Eds were a female African-American team from Chicago that barnstormed throughout the Midwestern and Western states to primarily white rural audiences as a novelty team from 1934 to 1950. They played mostly boys’ and men’s teams under modified rules and added colorful antics to their game. The Chocolate Co-Eds for a couple of years in the early 1950s also toured and competed in softball against women teams, black and white.
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Harry Wilson and Dena Schaper: Chicago Husband and Wife Team, A Driving Force For Women’s Basketball, Women’s Softball, and other Amateur Sports, 1921-1954; Essay by Robert Pruter

The married couple of Harry Wilson and Dena Schaper were significant contributors to the development of amateur and women sports during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. With Harry Wilson coaching and Dena Schaper playing, the two made the Taylor Trunks the greatest amateur team playing men’s rules basketball in the country. Harry Wilson went on to become a huge promoter and contributor of amateur and women sports in Chicago, particularly in basketball and softball. Continue reading

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Violet Krubaeck: A Remarkable Chicago Athlete in Basketball, Softball, and Track and Field; Essay by Robert Pruter

Violet Krubaeck’s stellar amateur career exemplifies how the sport institutions of the Chicago–the churches, the parks, and the clubs–together helped develop her into a great basketball, softball, and track champion. Continue reading

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Nan Gindele: Chicago’s Star of Track and Field and Softball; Essay by Robert Pruter

Nan Gindele was an Olympian, a national javelin throw champion and three time baseball throw champion, and a member of two national championship softball teams. Continue reading

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Dorothy “Boots” Klupping: The Face of Early Chicago Women’s Softball; Essay by Robert Pruter

Dorothy Klupping, an ace pitcher in the Chicago women softball leagues, was a nationally famous star in the early years of women’s softball. Continue reading

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Catherine Fellmeth: An Unknown Great Multi-Sports Athlete; Essay by Robert Pruter

Unheralded sportswoman Catherine Fellmuth probably surpassed the great Babe Didrikson in all-around athletic achievement. Continue reading

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Anne Goldstein: Chicago’s Most Outstanding Jewish Woman Athlete Between the Wars; Essay by Robert Pruter

Anne Goldstein’s many athletic triumphs, particularly in basketball and softball, represents one of the grand achievements of Jewish-American culture in modern urban Chicago. Continue reading

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