As they made their way across the Missouri Southern State University campus Friday, three Carthage High School freshmen — Marissa Boyer, Olivia Pierce and Madison Riley — were turning more than a few heads.
Decked out in brightly colored ball caps, cloth tunics, skirts, knee-high socks and cleats, the trio were wearing uniforms that hadn’t seen the light of day since the dark days of World War II.
And that was the whole idea behind the trio’s History Day group performance — to highlight how the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League players paved the way to allow women, decades later, to participate in professional American sports.
During their six-minute presentation in front of judges, the three students — complete with matching curly hair, ball gloves and the tossing of a baseball back and forth on stage — spoke about the hardships the players for teams such as the Racine Belles, the South Bend Blue Sox and the Rockford Peaches faced, their play derogatorily described at the time as “powderpuff games for mothers.”
Near the end of their…