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Linedrives and Lipstick: The Untold Story of Women’s Baseball

October 20, 2010

Ursuline College, SABR and Presenting Sponsor, the Cleveland Indians Host

Linedrives and Lipstick: The Untold Story of Women’s Baseball

Ursuline College hosts the exhibition, Linedrives and Lipstick: The Untold Story of Women’s Baseball, September 1 – October 20 at the College’s Wasmer Gallery. The exhibit’s presenting sponsor is the Cleveland Indians. Other sponsors include: Lake County Captains; Key Bank; and The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). In conjunction with the exhibition are two events highlighting women’s role in baseball history.


Exhibition (September 1 – October 20)

In contrast to the depiction of women’s baseball as a short-lived phenomenon of the 1940s, America’s national pastime has included women players from baseball’s beginning in the 1860s. Their impact on the game and American society is brought clearly to light in Linedrives and Lipstick: The Untold Story of Women’s Baseball, an exhibition opening September 1 at Ursuline’s Wasmer Gallery.


Although American society in general may have looked at women’s involvement in baseball as a curiosity, Linedrives and Lipstick brings to life the images of women who loved the crack of the bat and the thrill of a running one-handed catch with two outs in the ninth.


Visitors to Ursuline’s Wasmer Gallery will get to know Jackie Mitchell, who struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game in 1931 and Sophie Kurys of the South Bend Blue Sox, who still holds the record for the most stolen bases in one season in any league -- 201 steals in 203 attempts in 1946.


The Linedrives and Lipstick exhibition features more than 60 items ranging from picture postcards, game programs, photographs, posters and in-depth articles from mainstream magazines such as Colliers, Liberty and the Saturday Evening Post. Additional items will be on loan from the Baseball Heritage Museum of Cleveland, Amy Sancetta, AP Photographer and The National Museum of Sport, IUPUI.


“The exhibition goes beyond the story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League of the 1940s, tracing women’s love of the sport going back to the mid-1800s,” says Dee Harris, director of visual arts and humanities at Mid-America Arts Alliance. “It’s much more than a history lesson. It’s a message about determination and achievement in which everyone, especially young women, will discover encouragement for their hopes and dreams.”


Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12-5 pm and Saturday and Sunday, 1:30- 4:30 pm. Ursuline College is located at 2550 Lander Road in Pepper Pike. The Wasmer Gallery is on the west end of the campus. For more information, contact Tiffany Mushrush Mentzer, Director of Alumnae Relations at 440 646 8370 or tmushrush@ursuline.edu.


The exhibition is organized and toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance through its ExhibitsUSA national program. ExhibitsUSA sends more than 20 exhibitions on tour to more than 100 small- and mid-sized communities every year. Mid-America is the oldest nonprofit regional arts organization in the U.S.


Scholarship Gala (September 16)

In addition to the exhibition, Ursuline will host a Linedrives and Lipstick Scholarship Gala September 16, 6 pm at Landerhaven, 6111 Landerhaven Drive, Lyndhurst, Ohio.


Barbara Gregorich, Cleveland native and bestselling author of several books including, Women at Play: The Story of Women in Baseball will be the event’s moderator. She will lead a discussion by panelists Doris O’Donnell, legendary journalist from Cleveland News who was voted out of an all-male press box in Baltimore, D.C. and Boston, and Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, a pitcher and second baseman of the Indianapolis Clowns from 1953-55 and one of only three women to play alongside men in the Negro Leagues. They will talk about their experiences playing baseball and their fond memories of how they broke the barriers for other women in a male-dominated sport.


The event also includes silent and live auctions, dinner and discussion with O’Donnell and Johnson.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available through Kellie Mayle at 440 646 8375 or online at www.ursuline.edu/linedrives. Price is $250 per person, a table of eight is $1,800. Dollars raised from the event are earmarked for Ursuline student scholarships.


Girls of Summer Screening Event (October 3)

Ursuline College will host a special screening of the new documentary, Girls of Summer: The WBL Sparks in Cooperstown, NY, October 3, 2010, 2-5 pm Daley Dining Hall 2550 Lander Road, Pepper Pike, Ohio.


In the film, director Max Tash focuses on the struggle of one women’s baseball team in a world where most people think that girls don’t belong. Included in the film is Justine Siegal, a longtime women’s baseball player and the first female to coach a men’s professional team. Attendees of the event have the opportunity to hear Siegal in person as she presents Girls Playing Baseball: What’s Love Got To Do with It?


Event cost is $10. To register, contact Kellie Mayle at 440 646 8375 or kmayle@ursuline.edu.


As a Catholic liberal arts college, focusing on women, Ursuline welcomes students into an academically challenging and values-based environment. Recognized for distinguished programs in nursing, fashion, social work and education, Ursuline offers more than 30 undergraduate and ten graduate degrees in four schools including arts and sciences, nursing, professional and graduate studies.


The Society for American Baseball Research is an international, member-driven organization whose mission is to foster the study of baseball, assist in maintaining the history of the game, facilitate the dissemination of baseball research and stimulate interest in baseball. More information is available on SABR’s website at www.sabr.org.


For more information about any of the events listed above contact Tiffany Mushrush Mentzer at  440 646 8370 or tmushrush@ursuline.edu or visit www.ursuline.edu/linedrives.

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