New League Plans
February 20, 1943 – The All-America Girls Softball League is planned by Cubs owner Philip Wrigley and Brooklyn Dodger team president Branch Rickey. The league originally was envisioned as a backup in case Major League Baseball suspended play because of World War II. After President Franklin Roosevelt encouraged MLB to keep playing because of jobs and public interest, the softball league was changed to hardball. The Chicago-based All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) operated from 1943-54.