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History of Women's Professional Baseball

Many people know about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), made famous in the film A League Of Their Own. However, there was another women's professional league, the National Girls Baseball League (NGBL), which flourished for 11 years (1944-1954). One of the team owners was Mel Thillens, owner of the Thillens Checashers, a women's fastpitch team that played at West Ridge's Thillens Stadium in 1951-52.  The NGBL is the subject of a documentary film being made by Chicagoan Adam Chu, who will present the next talk in the bimonthly series sponsored by the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society.The presentation is entitled, "The National Girls Baseball League (1944-1954) and Its Connection with West Ridge."  6:30 - 8:00 pm on Tuesday, August 26 at the Northtown Branch Library (6435 N. California Ave).  For more information, see


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