During World War II, while top men players were away fighting, women were hired to entertain sports fans.
The All-American Girls Baseball League, begun in 1943, actually lasted well after the war, until 1954. About 600 women played on ten teams.
They came from all over the country, and a few were even from Cuba; African American players, however, were not allowed.
To make the team, the women had to not only prove their athletic skills but also attend a charm school, where they learned how to put on makeup and pose for the media.