Daisies

An “Antiques Roadshow” special airing on PBS Fort Wayne features a collection of photographs and artifacts collected by Lois Youngen, a former player for the Fort Wayne Daisies, which was part of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League formed during World War II.

A Fort Wayne Daisies Baseball archive will be featured during the “Antiques Roadshow” special “Womens Work,” which airs at 8 p.m. July 6 on PBS Fort Wayne.

The special celebrates trailblazing women, spotlighting work from athletes, artists and more. It will air again on PBS Fort Wayne on at 6 p.m. July 11 and at 10 a.m. July 12.

The segment, taken from the 2012 “Antique Roadshow” stop in Eugene, Oregon, features a collection of photos and artifacts collected by Lois Youngen of Eugene, Oregon, who began playing with the Kenosha Comets in 1952 at the age of 17, and later played for the Fort Wayne Daisies and South Bend Blue Sox. The teams were all once part of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League formed during World War II and active until the league was disbanded in 1954.

After baseball, Youngen, a Ragersville, Ohio, native, taught at the University of Oregon in Eugene for 36 years before retiring. She was still active in the AAGPBL’s player’s association through 2019.

Details on her archive can be viewed online at the “Antiques Roadshow” website at bit.ly/WomensWorkDaisies.

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