Exhibit: Line Drives and Lipstick: The Untold Story of Women's Baseball
January 26-March 17
This winter, as baseball fans anxiously await spring training and the opening of the 2013 season, they can get a good early dose of America’s national pastime in this exhibit featuring the history of women in the sport. While the 1992 film, A League of Their Own, introduced contemporary audiences to the WWII-era All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, women’s baseball actually began with the creation of the Vassar College team in 1866. Women were paid to play ball less than a decade later, and a surprising number of women were included on 20th-century men’s teams. Linedrives and Lipstick documents this forgotten side of America’s pastime with 48 images and 15 objects selected from one of the nation’s largest collections of women’s baseball memorabilia. Photos of women at bat in long skirts, images of girls with scraped knees, and other historic black-and-white images document more than a century of change for women’s baseball. In conjunction with the traveling exhibit, the Mercer Museum will feature some of Bucks County’s own local baseball history and lore – both the men’s and women’s game – in a companion exhibit. Linedrives and Lipstick is a program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts.