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Artefact: Catcher Mitt
Accession #: 2017.22.40
Year: 1940s

This leather catcher mitt was used by the Army & Navy Pats from Edmonton, Alberta.  Baseball quickly grew in popularity in the early 1920s and 1930s. The major league teams began losing players to the war in 1943 and less people were attending games. A major league owner tried to maintain the interest of fans by establishing a separate league for women, leading to the development of the Army & Navy Pats women’s baseball team. Before the establishment of a professional women’s league, they mainly played at an amateur level for universities and local sports days.