Skirts, Dirt, and Diamonds: The Rock Hill Connection

The Archives is sponsoring a lecture on October 21 at 6:30 pm in the Archives titled “Skirts, Dirt, and Diamonds: The Rock Hill Connection” by Bob Gorman. This presentation will cover the history of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and will focus on the two players with connections to Rock Hill: Elizabeth “Lib” Mahon, graduate of Winthrop and Jean Faut, long time Rock Hill resident. These two teammates are representative of the more than 500 pioneering women who broke barriers to play the game they loved, paving the way toward greater freedom of choice for the generations of women who followed.


Bob Gorman, head of Dacus Library’s reference department, is a noted baseball historian, having published numerous articles and two books on the history of the game.  “The South Bend Blue Sox: A History of the Team and Its Players, 1943-1954,” co-authored with Dr. Jim Sargent, was released by McFarland Publishers in 2012.  His first book, “Death at the Ballpark,” received the 2009 Sporting News-SABR Baseball Research Award.

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