Dirt in the Skirt for a Good Cause

With my upcoming book release next month for Nola Fran Evie, which is about three women in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, I thought this was a perfect current event to share with you guys.

I stumbled across an awesome news story courtesy of the AAGPBL Players Association’s Facebook page.

Yesterday the San Rafael Pacifics, an independent professional baseball team, wore replicas of the Rockford Peaches historic uniforms during a game to honor Breast Cancer survivors.

And, yes. They were men in darling pink dresses…

Photo Credit: Ballpark Digest
Photo Credit: Ballpark Digest

We’ve seen men in professional sports support Breast Cancer Awareness with different pink accessories—gloves, cleats, hats—but never before have they played like this!

They are the first men’s professional baseball team in history to wear dresses. Love it!

Two of the uniforms were autographed by Academy Award winner Tom Hanks, who starred in one of my all-time favorite movies and the reason I was obsessed with the women’s league from a young age, “A League of Their Own”. They were auctioned off with proceeds going to a breast cancer foundation in California called “To Celebrate Life”.

This was a very cool way to honor these women—the brave gals who played in the All-American Girls Professional League seventy years ago and the courageous women battling Breast Cancer today. I applaud these men for dressing up and getting some “dirt in the skirt”.

As many of you know, back in February I found out that my mom was battling her second stint with Breast Cancer. If you missed the posts, you can read about the experience here “This one’s for you, Mom” and here “We Surpass the Tough”.

My mom is doing beautifully.

She “got lucky” with Stage 1, but the emotional scars are just as challenging as the physical ones, and she’s still on a very challenging journey to healing. But, as I’ve said before, she’s a trooper and she’ll kick ass as she always does.

I don’t think we can ever raise enough awareness for Breast Cancer, so I was delighted to see a fresh take on a good cause with these ball players. I’m sure my mom will be tickled when she reads this as she recovers from one of her final surgeries this week.

If you want to check out the full story, there’s a good one right here on Yahoo Sports.

And just for fun, I wanted to leave you all with a few photos of the gals of the All-American Girls Baseball League wearing the original uniforms from 1948. I especially love the pic of the girls huddled around the magazine together.

(All images are courtesy of Florida Memory.)

Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory
Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory
Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory
Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory
Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory
Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory

  You may have noticed I added a little countdown on the sidebar for the big book release. Twenty-four days to go…woot!!!

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31 thoughts on “Dirt in the Skirt for a Good Cause

  1. Go guys!! They pulled off a great stunt! All the best to your mom Britt. So good to hear she’s doing better. So Love the vintage photo’s! 🙂

  2. Britt what an encouraging story, we all know someone effected by this disease and I am happy your mother is making a full recovery. You should be very proud of yourself with the accomplishment of finishing a novel you inspire me to keep at it thank you.

    1. Unfortunately, we all do seem to know someone. That’s why I decided to share my family’s experience, even though it was tough since it was so personal. But it does help to know that we are not alone, doesn’t it?

      Kath, thank you. We all know how tough it is to keep at this writing thing. Glad to have such a supportive community to keep me going as well!

    1. Thanks, Gail love! That countdown is a little nerve-wracking for me to look at right now, but I’m glad others are excited to watch those days dwindle. I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who doesn’t love that movie. It’s so great, even still!

  3. Love the dresses on the men! Kudos to them for helping bring awareness to their fans. My best wishes go to your mother for a speedy recovery. It’s always so heartening to hear stories of beating the cancer odds!

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