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Did you know that Alabama college women played baseball as early as 1904? See story for names

Photographs of women attending college at the beginning of the 20th century in Alabama usually reveal them dressed prim and proper in long dresses. Few pictures are seen of them playing sports. That is what made this photograph from Martha Ivey Blount of Naperville, Illinois of a 1904 women’s  baseball team from 1904 so interesting.


She states:

“My grandmother Julia Praytor (later Killingsworth) from Sumterville, Alabama graduated from Alabama Central Female College in 1905. Attached is a photo of spring of 1904 baseball team taken at nearly the same angle as the drawing of the Alabama Central Female College (on the Alabama Pioneers website)

The names given were written by her on the back of the photo. I haven’t messed too much with the photo to attempt make it look better — only cleaned up browning caused by age using the Microsoft photo editing package that typically comes with a personal computer.”

Alabama Central Female College - baseball 1905 from Martha

Baseball Team, Spring 1904

Central College, Tuscaloosa, Ala [Alabama Central Female College]

(back) Addie Cox, Emma Little, Maidie Tomson, Mattie Unita Quarles, Bessye Janice Crosby

(middle) Miss Walker, Sallie Lou, Julia Praytor Killingsworth [holding catcher’s mask], Alberta, Miss Rush, Evelyn Jackson Daniel

(front) Inda Walker, Cap Bessie Rush

(in doorway) O.R. Giles, Mary Giles, Mr. Hight

(in window) Gabbie Kilgore, Frisy? Brake

ALABAMA FOOTPRINTS: Settlement: Lost & Forgotten Stories is a collection of lost and forgotten stories of the first surveyors, traders, and early settlements of what would become the future state of Alabama.

Read about:

  • A Russian princess settling in early Alabama
  • How the early settlers traveled to Alabama and the risks they took
  • A ruse that saved immigrants lives while traveling through Native American Territory
  • Alliances formed with the Native Americans
  • How an independent republic, separate from the United States was almost formed in Alabama

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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One comment

  1. There are 6 names for 5 ladies in the middle row of this photo. Just wondering if your contributor, Mrs Blount, could clarify the error.

    Thank you

    Reggie Harris
    Tuscaloosa

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