Women’s baseball teams have been around since 1866. The first game where fans were charged and women players were paid happened in 1875 between the “Blondes” and the “Brunettes” in Springfield, IL. In the 1890’s through the 1930’s the novelty act of women playing baseball attracted fans from across the country. Teams traveled around the nation playing local teams, both male and female. To allow for easier play the women preferred practical, loose Turkish-style trousers created by suffragette Amelia Bloomer. Hence, they became known as Bloomer Girls.