Library Exhibit- Girls of Summer

Jean Faut
Elizabeth 'Lib' Mahon '42

The Girls of Summer:  Jean Faut and ‘Lib’ Mahon ‘42

All American Girls Professional Baseball League

With the onset of World War II, many minor league baseball franchises found themselves at a crossroads. Losing many of their players to military service minor league teams began to feel the pinch and many went under. Philip K. Wrigley, the chewing gum mogul and owner of the Chicago Cubs, created the All American Girls Softball League in 1943 to bring in the crowds and to help these franchises stay afloat. The league eventually became the All American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) and was the inspiration for the 1992 hit movie A League of Their Own.

Two of the stars of the AAGPBL were Jean Faut and Lib Mahon. Jean Faut starred as a pitcher for the South Bend Blue Sox in the league from 1946 to 1953. She was twice the recipient of the Player of the Year award and her 1.23 ERA was the lowest in league history. She was also the only pitcher to throw two perfect games during her career. Elizabeth ‘Lib’ Mahon is a Winthrop graduate (Class of 1942) and played in the league from 1944 to 1952. Lib was a gifted outfielder who was known for her hitting prowess and her speed. In 1946 the two-time all-star stole 114 bases in 116 attempts.

The exhibit commemorates their accomplishments as two of the star players in AAGPBL and is comprised of photographs and memorabilia from the Jean Faut Papers and the Lib Mahon Papers housed in the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections. The exhibit will run from March 5 through June 30. For more information on the exhibit, the Jean Faut Papers, or Lib Mahon Papers, please contact the Archives at (803) 323-2334 or e-mail archives@winthrop.edu.

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