Collection Description: A substantial collection of manuscript material, photographs, and printed matter relating to the All-American Girls Baseball League, a women's professional league active in the American Midwest from 1943 to 1954. Included is a set of nine loose-leaf notebooks totaling over 1100 leaves compiled by South Bend Blue Sox executive Harold T. Dailey, (1894-1971), a South Bend, Indiana, oral surgeon who served on the South Bend Blue Sox board of directors from 1945 to 1952, and was involved with the club through 1954. From late 1947 to 1950 he also served as team president. The first eight notebooks generally contain details of games, boxscores, and photographs while the ninth and final notebook is primarily Dailey's notes on organizational meetings. The purpose of the notebooks' compilation is not immediately apparent, though an undated letter indicates that Dailey once entertained the idea of writing a league history. Also uncertain is the precise manner of the records' transcription (and for that matter, the transcriptions' accuracy and completeness). Included among the records, sometimes in manuscript but more often in typescript, are bits of commentary by Dailey.
A second set of papers within the collection, much smaller than Dailey's, came from D. C. "Chet" Grant (1892-1985), who managed the AAGBBL's South Bend Blue Sox (1946-47) and Kenosha Comets (1948). Among the other materials in the collection are two sets of completed player questionnaires. The first, dating from ca. 1944-45, is a group of original AAGBBL forms filled out by 76 different players, providing personal information for leaguepublicity purposes. The second, dating from 1997, is a group of 185 questionnaires completed by former AAGBBL players at the request of the National Baseball Library in Cooperstown, New York (which graciously provided photocopies of the originals). Also in the collection are various kinds of league-related printed matter, including scorecards, team yearbooks, league rulebooks, and clipped newspaper and magazine articles. Finally, there are upwards of 75 loose photographic prints (in addition to the 259 photographs tipped in to the Dailey notebooks).
Online Finding Aid: https://rbsc.library.nd.edu/finding_aids/und:ks65h991k9r
Archive name: University of Notre Dame, Hesburgh Libraries, Rare Books and Special Collections
Archive location: Notre Dame, Indiana, USA
Archive website: http://rarebooks.library.nd.edu/