JOLIET – Baseball and history fans can socialize, enjoy food, swing at pitches and experience "Linedrives and Lipstick: The Untold Story of Women's Baseball," while supporting the Joliet Area Historical Museum during its annual summer fundraising social.
The museum will host Take Me Out to the Ballgame from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Guests will be the first to view a national traveling exhibit on the history of women in baseball. Linedrives and Lipstick traces women's involvement in the sport dating back to the mid-1800s.
The exhibit has been traveling across the United States since 2008, with its first stop at the Legends of the Game Baseball Museum in Arlington, Texas, and dozens of others since, including the Louisville (Kentucky) Slugger Museum. The exhibit is sponsored by Exhibits USA and Exxon Mobil. The exhibit will be in Joliet through Aug. 11.
John Kovach, an archivist with St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana, will be on hand to provide gallery talks during the event. Kovach is also a coach and advisory board member for the Baseball for All, Girls Baseball Division organization.
Tickets for "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" are $50 per person and include a summer barbecue dinner buffet catered by R Place in Morris. Entertainment will be provided by Shindig. The event also will include a pitching machine provided by the Joliet Slammers, a pitching contest, a cash bar and raffle.
Guests are encouraged to wear attire from their favorite baseball teams.
Tickets can be reserved at 815-723-5201, ext. 221, or www.jolietmuseum.org. No tickets will be sold at the door. The museum is at 204 N. Ottawa Street in Joliet.