The cover of the sheet music of “The Minnesota Boat Club March,” composed by Emile Oberhoffer and published in 1893. From folio M1658.M55 C65, Manuscripts Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul.

Minnesota Boat Club March sheet music

The cover of the sheet music of “The Minnesota Boat Club March,” composed by Emile Oberhoffer and published in 1893. From folio M1658.M55 C65, Manuscripts Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul.

The Minnesota Boat Club racing on the Mississippi River, St. Paul, ca. 1890.

Race on the Mississippi River

The Minnesota Boat Club racing on the Mississippi River, St. Paul, ca. 1890.

Charles T. Corning. From Leavitt Corning, “The Minnesota Boat Club: History of the Organization Which Has Stood for Nearly Two Score Years for the Best in American Amateur Athletics,” Razoo 1, no. 3 (February 1903): 9–13.

Charles T. Corning

Charles T. Corning. From Leavitt Corning, “The Minnesota Boat Club: History of the Organization Which Has Stood for Nearly Two Score Years for the Best in American Amateur Athletics,” Razoo 1, no. 3 (February 1903): 9–13.

Minnesota Boat Club members with trophy, 1893.

Members of the Minnesota Boat Club

Minnesota Boat Club members with trophy, 1893.

Minnesota Boat Club, 1870–1900

The Minnesota Boat Club (MBC) was founded by ten young men in 1870 at a time when rowing was wildly popular throughout the country. Over time, additional clubs were established in Minnesota, intensifying the competition. After earning a national reputation, MBC encountered financial difficulties and faltered.

Minnesota Boat Club, ca. 1885. Photograph by Charles A. Zimmerman.

Minnesota Boat Club

Minnesota Boat Club, ca. 1885. Photograph by Charles A. Zimmerman.

All American Girls Professional Baseball League player Marg Callaghan sliding into home plate as umpire Norris Ward watches (Opalocka, Florida)

All American Girls Professional Baseball League player Marg Callaghan sliding into home plate as umpire Norris Ward watches (Opalocka, Florida)

A hook slide into home plate during Fort Wayne inter-team practice game in Opalocka, Florida. Pictured are second baseman Marg Callaghan, 26, from Vancouver (formerly of the Minneapolis Millerettes); umpire Norris Ward; and catcher Vivian Kellog from Jackson, Michigan.

All American Girls Professional Baseball League members in Opalocka, Florida

All American Girls Professional Baseball League members in Opalocka, Florida

Bunk room session: Gene George, 20, a Peoria club member from Regina Saskatchewan, Canada, leans over from top bunk to point to pictures of catcher sister Bonnie Baker in Sport magazine. Left to right: Daisy Junor, 27, South Bend, Indiana, club from Regina, Canada; Dorice Reid, 19, Superior, Wisconsin, Chicago club member; and Dodie Healy, 19, Stockton, California, Chicago club member.

All American Girls Professional Baseball League members performing calisthenics in Opalocka, Florida. Black and White photo

All American Girls Professional Baseball League members performing calisthenics in Opalocka, Florida

The different baseball clubs pictured are (left to right): the Fort Wayne Daisies (partially visible), the Chicago Colleens, the Rockford Peaches, the South Bend Blue Sox, the Springfield Sallies, and the Peoria Redwings. Photographed on April 22, 1948. From the State Library and Archives of Florida’s Department of Commerce collection.

Minneapolis Millerettes

The short-lived run of the Minneapolis Millerettes brought professional women’s baseball to the Twin Cities. While providing entertainment during wartime and highlighting women’s athleticism on a national scale, the female players struggled against press perceptions and male competition. Their two-year run was immortalized in the film A League of Their Own.

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