Winthrop Archives and Special Collections
Jean Faut and Bob Gorman
All American Girls Professional Baseball League
Monday, June 14, 2010
Approved Cultural Event
With the onset of World War II, many major and 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 event will consist of a lecture and PowerPoint presentation concerning Jean Faut and Lib Mahon (Winthrop Class of 1942) and their careers in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League by Winthrop faculty member and noted baseball historian Bob Gorman. Bob’s presentation will be followed by a question and answer session by AAGPBL player and Rock Hill resident, Jean Faut.
The event is accompanied by an exhibit that commemorates the accomplishments of Faut and Mahon 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 event, exhibit, Jean Faut Papers, or Lib Mahon Papers, please contact the Archives at (803) 323-2334, (803) 323-2302 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.