Boston Garden Celtics, Bruins, and Olympets
Post on 17-Mar-2016
DESCRIPTIONIn a time before A League of Their Own there were the Boston Olympets. The Olympets, or Pets as they were known, were a professional womens softball team who played ball inside the Boston Garden...
Boston Garden Celtics, Bruins, & Olympets?
By Cara Jordan
In a time before A League of Their Own there were the Boston Olympets. The
Olympets, or Pets as they were known, were a professional womens softball team
who played ball inside the Boston Garden.
Boston Garden c.1930 Photo courtesy of museumofthecity.org
The Olympets were created by Boston Garden owner, Walter Brown, to draw crowds to
the Garden during the summer off season. Starting in the late 1930s until 1943 the
Olympets did just that. As team member Mary Pratt recalls about playing ball inside
Boston Garden, They took the diamond and put it on a diagonal and they put a post
down by first base and as a lefty you could quite readily hit into the stands, but that
would only go for a single, but to hit it to left field was a long, long distance at the
Boston Olympets outfield brigade at the Boston Garden, photo courtesy of the Boston
Olympets uniform top. MTS study collection.
The Olympets uniform consisted of red satin shorts, a white and blue uniform top with
red, white, and blue lettering. The team name "Olympets" was spelled out across the
front of the uniform top and the players number was positioned on the back. The letter
B was also positioned on one of the sleeves. Players footwear consisted of leather
laced sneakers. The team also had yellow satin jackets that they wore for away games.
The jackets had blue ribbing at the waist and cuffs and the team nickname PETS was
spelled out in blue lettering across the back.
Olympets away jacket. MTS study collection.
Many of the women from the Olympets went on to play in the AAGPBL, the All
American Girls Professional Baseball League, formed in 1943. Some of the teams that
became part of the AAGPBL, such as the Racine Belles and Rockford Peaches, were
portrayed in the film A League of Their Own. Several of the women featured in this
film got their start as Boston Olympets.
Uniform shorts with no number. MTS study collection.
Camille Breeze was fortunate enough to obtain four pieces of an Olympets uniform to
add to the MTS study collection. We are now in possession of an away jacket with the
number 6, a pair of red shorts with the number 6, a pair of red shorts with no number,
and a jersey with the number 14. According to the seller, Martha Stickney, the uniform
belonged to Virginia MacCarthy of Wakefield, Massachusetts. A photograph of Virginia
is known to exist. Martha, who graduated from Wakefield High School in 1981, had
made some baseball history of her own by being the first girl to play on the boys
Hopefully, further research will shed light on who Virginia McCarthy was and when she
played for the Boston Olympets.