1948 All-American Girls Professional Baseball League season

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1948 All-American Girls Professional Baseball League season
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League All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Sport Baseball
Number of teams Ten
Regular season
Season champions Grand Rapids Chicks (Eastern Division)
Racine Belles (Western Division)
Shaugnessy playoffs
Finals champions Rockford Peaches
AAGPBL seasons
← 1947
1949 →

The 1948 All-American Girls Professional Baseball League season marked the sixth season of the circuit. The AAGPBL grew to an all-time peak of ten teams in that season, representing Eastern and Western zones, just in the first year the circuit shifted to strictly overhand pitching. Other modifications occurred during 1948. The ball was decreased in size from 11½ inches to 10⅜ inches, while the base paths were lengthened to 72 feet and the pitching distance increased to 50 feet.[1][2]

The Chicago Colleens and the Springfield Sallies were added to the previous roster that included the Kenosha Comets, Fort Wayne Daisies, Grand Rapids Chicks, Muskegon Lassies, Peoria Redwings, Racine Belles, Rockford Peaches and South Bend Blue Sox. The Chicago, Fort Wayne, Grand Rapids, Muskegon and South Bend teams were aligned in the East Division, while Kenosha, Peoria, Racine, Rockford and Springfield played in the Western Division. The number of games in the schedule increased from 112 to 126.[1]

For the second consecutive year the AAGPBL spring training camp was held in Havana, Cuba. as part of a plan to create an International League of Girls Baseball. Around two hundred girls made the trip. Among them, players represented 27 different states in the United States and many provinces of Canada, while several Cuban players entered the league as a result of holding spring training there the year before. A total of 21 players had been in the league since its foundation in 1943.[1][3]

The fact of two divisions resulted in the Shaughnessy system adding another round of playoffs to decide the championship between eight teams. The first round faced the top teams of each division in a best-of-three series, with the first place team playing against the third place team and the second place team against the fourth place team. The winners competed in a best-of-five divisional first round, with the first place team facing the third place team and the second place team against the fourth place team. The sectional champions then advanced to the third round and faced in the best-of-seven Championship Series.[4]

Pitchers continued to dominate the league in that season, even though many of them could not adapt to the new pitching style. Grand Rapids' Alice Haylett led all pitchers with a 0.77 earned run average, while 20 averaged at least a 1.99 mark. In addition, Haylett and Racine's Eleanor Dapkus hurled 10 shutouts a piece. The only .300 hitter was Kenosha's Audrey Wagner (.312), who also led the circuit in hits (130) and total bases (186). At the end of the season Wagner was honored with the AAGPBL Player of the Year Award.[4]

The Grand Rapids and Racine teams won their respective division. In the first round, Grand Rapids, Fort Wayne, Racine and Rockford swept South Bend, Muskegon, Peoria and Kenosha, respectively. In the divisional playoffs, Fort Wayne swept Grand Rapids and Rockford did the same with Racine. Then, Rockford jumped out to a three-game lead in the final series and defeated Fort Wayne four games to one. Helen Nicol was credited with four of the 10 playoff wins of Rockford, including two in the finals, while Lois Florreich and Margaret Holgerson took three a piece. In Game 1 of the first round, Florreich pitched the first no-hitter in series history, and Holgerson threw a second no-hitter in Game 3 to set an all-time record for the most playoff no-hitters. Another highlight came in the first round, when South Bend's Jean Faut outdueled Haylett of Grand Rapids, 3–2, in 20 innings, in what would be the longest game in AAGPBL playoff history.[4]

The league drew almost a million fans for the second consecutive season, although the Chicago and Springfield franchises failed to reach the attendance required. Then, the Colleens and the Sallies were turned into player development teams that toured and played exhibition games to recruit and train new players. The tour started in Chicago and ended up in Canada, including stops in Yankee Stadium and Griffith Stadium.[1][5]

Standings[edit]

Eastern Division[edit]

Rank Team W L W-L% GB
1 Grand Rapids Chicks 77 48 .616
2 Muskegon Lassies 67 58 .610 5
3 South Bend Blue Sox 57 69 .452 20½
4 Fort Wayne Daisies 53 73 .421 24½
5 Chicago Colleens 47 77 .379 29½

Western Division[edit]

Rank Team W L W-L% GB
1 Racine Belles 77 49 .616
2 Rockford Peaches 75 50 .600
3 Peoria Redwings 71 55 .563 6
4 Kenosha Comets 62 64 .421 15
5 Springfield Sallies 41 84 .328 35½

[4]

Postseason[edit]

               1948 Rockford Peaches Championship Team         
Front row, L-R: Helen Fox (P), Dorothy Harrell (SS), Dorothy Kamenshek (1B), Dorothy Ferguson (CF), Margaret Holgerson (P), Rose Gacioch (LF), Eleanor Callow (RF). Second row, L-R: Lois Florreich (P), Melba Alspaugh (OF), Ruth Richard (C), Jean Lovell (C), Alice Pollitt (3B), Mary Moore (P), Margaret Stefani (2B), Betty Warfel (P). Back row, L-R: Dorothy Green (chaperone), Bill Allington (manager). Absent from photo: Rita Briggs (OF).
First round
Best of three series
Second round
Best of five series
Third round
Best of seven series
                 
1 Grand Rapids Chicks 3
3 South Bend Blue Sox 0
1 Grand Rapids Chicks 0
Eastern Division
4 Fort Wayne Daisies 3
2 Muskegon Lassies 0
4 Fort Wayne Daisies 3
ED Fort Wayne Daisies 2
WD Rockford Peaches 4
1 Racine Belles 3
3 Peoria Redwings 0
1 Racine Belles 0
Western Division
2 Rockford Peaches 3
2 Rockford Peaches 3
4 Kenosha Comets 0

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Batting statistics[edit]

Statistic Player Record
 Batting average Audrey Wagner (KEN)
Mary Nesbitt (PEO)
  Dorothy Kamenshek (ROC)  
Connie Wisniewski (GR)
Betty Wagoner (MUS)
Charlene Pryer (MUS)
Evelyn Wawryshyn (SPR)
Elizabeth Mahon (SB)
Doris Sams (MUS)
Alva Jo Fischer (MUS)
Sophie Kurys (RAC)
Dorothy Harrell (ROC)
Merle Keagle (GR)
.312
.292
.289
.289
.278
.262
.262
.258
.257
.252
.252
.251
.251
Runs scored Sophie Kurys (RAC)
Faye Dancer (PEO)
Dorothy Kamenshek (ROC)
Merle Keagle (GR)
Dorothy Ferguson (ROC)
Josephine Lenard (MUS)
Charlene Pryer (MUS)
Audrey Wagner (KEN)
Connie Wisniewski (GR)
Mary Nesbitt (PEO)
97
89
89
75
73
70
70
70
70
69
Hits Audrey Wagner (KEN)
Dorothy Kamenshek (ROC)
Mary Nesbitt (PEO)
Connie Wisniewski (GR)
Vivian Kellogg (FW)
Evelyn Wawryshyn (SPR)
Dorothy Stolze (MUS)
Sophie Kurys (RAC)
Doris Satterfield (GR)
130
128
128
127
117
114
113
112
111
Doubles Mary Nesbitt (PEO)
Connie Wisniewski (GR)
Audrey Wagner (KEN)
Elizabeth Mahon (SB)
Sophie Kurys (RAC)
June Schofield (SPR)
Rose Gacioch (ROC)
  Philomena Gianfrancisco (RAC)  
Merle Keagle (GR)
Edythe Perlick (RAC)
24
20
16
12
12
12
11
11
11
11
Triples Eleanor Callow (CHI/ROC)
Audrey Wagner (KEN)
Mary Nesbitt (PEO)
Vivian Kellogg (FW)
June Schofield (SPR)
Margaret Villa (KEN)
Rita Briggs (ROC/CHI)
Dorothy Harrell (ROC)
Doris Sams (MUS)
Doris Tetzlaff (CHI/FW)
15
14
12
9
9
8
7
7
7
7
Home runs Connie Wisniewski (GR)
Eleanor Callow (CHI/ROC)
Faye Dancer (PEO)
Eleanor Dapkus (RAC)
Philomena Gianfrancisco (RAC)
Audrey Wagner (KEN)
Christine Jewett (KEN)
Merle Keagle (GR)
Sophie Kurys (RAC)
Mary Nesbitt (PEO)
Doris Sams (MUS)
7
6
6
4
4
4
3
3
3
3
3
Runs batted in Rita Meyer (PEO)
Connie Wisniewski (GR)
Elizabeth Mahon (SB)
Doris Satterfield (GR)
Doris Sams (MUS)
Dorothy Harrell (ROC)
Mary Nesbitt (PEO)
Josephine Lenard (MUS)
Audrey Wagner (KEN)
Eleanor Callow (CHI/ROC)
Inez Voyce (GR)
68
66
65
61
59
58
58
56
56
52
52
Stolen bases Sophie Kurys (RAC)
Faye Dancer (PEO)
Dorothy Kamenshek (ROC)
Thelma Eisen (FW)
Ernestine Petras (GR/CHI)
Merle Keagle (GR)
Edythe Perlick (RAC)
Dorothy Ferguson (ROC)
Dorothy Stolze (MUS)
Evelyn Wawryshyn (SPR)
172
102
94
88
86
85
82
73
67
66
Total bases Audrey Wagner (KEN)
Mary Nesbitt (PEO)
Connie Wisniewski (GR)
Dorothy Kamenshek (ROC)
Vivian Kellogg (FW)
Sophie Kurys (RAC)
Doris Satterfield (GR)
Elizabeth Mahon (SB)
Doris Sams (MUS)
Evelyn Wawryshyn (SPR)
186
185
172
152
144
143
136
135
134
126

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Pitching statistics[edit]

Statistic Player Record
Wins Alice Haylett (GR)
Joanne Winter (RAC)
Eleanor Dapkus (RAC)
Lois Florreich (ROC)
Dorothy Mueller (PEO)
  Ruby Stephens (SPR/KEN)  
Irene Kotowicz (CHI)
Elaine Roth (PEO)
Doris Sams (MUS)
Audrey Haine (PEO)
Helen Nicol (ROC)
Jean Faut (SB)
25
25
24
22
21
20
18
18
18
17
17
16
Winning percentage Alice Haylett (GR)
Rose Gacioch (ROC)
Eleanor Dapkus (RAC)
Nancy Warren (MUS/CHI)
Dorothy Mueller (PEO)
Marie Kruckel (SB/MUS)
Lois Florreich (ROC)
Joanne Winter (RAC)
Ruby Stephens (SPR/KEN)
Doris Sams (MUS)
.833
.737
.727
.706
.700
.692
.688
.676
.645
.643
Earned run average Alice Haylett (GR)
Dorothy Mueller (PEO)
Lois Florreich (ROC)
Joanne Winter (RAC)
Alma Ziegler (GR)
Mildred Earp (GR)
Jean Faut (SB)
Nancy Warren (MUS/CHI)
Alva Jo Fischer (MUS)
Betsy Jochum (SB)
0.77
1.11
1.18
1.18
1.21
1.31
1.44
1.45
1.47
1.51
Strikeouts Joanne Winter (RAC)
Lois Florreich (ROC)
Irene Kotowicz (CHI)
Margaret Holgerson (ROC)
Eleanor Dapkus (RAC)
Dorothy Mueller (PEO)
Mildred Earp (GR)
Jean Faut (SB)
Amy Applegren (MUS)
Bethany Goldsmith (KEN)
Doris Sams (MUS)
Alice Haylett (GR)
Ruby Stephens (SPR/KEN)
Betsy Jochum (SB)
Dorothy Wiltse (FW)
248
231
197
194
191
181
166
165
129
117
117
114
114
103
101
Games pitched Margaret Holgerson (ROC)
Irene Kotowicz (CHI)
Lois Florreich (ROC)
Ruby Stephens (SPR/KEN)
Mildred Earp (GR)
Lillian Faralla (SB)
Jean Faut (SB)
Dorothy Wiltse (FW)
Betty Tucker (CHI)
Erma Bergmann (SPR)
Alice Haylett (GR)
Dorothy Mueller (PEO)
Migdalia Pérez (CHI)
Doris Sams (MUS)
Bethany Goldsmith (KEN)
37
37
36
36
34
34
34
34
33
32
32
32
32
32
31
Innings pitched Irene Kotowicz (CHI)
Mildred Earp (GR)
Lois Florreich (ROC)
Margaret Holgerson (ROC)
Alice Haylett (GR)
Doris Sams (MUS)
Lillian Faralla (SB)
Dorothy Mueller (PEO)
Dorothy Wiltse
Jean Faut (SB)
Bethany Goldsmith (KEN)
Ruby Stephens (SPR/KEN)
Migdalia Pérez (CHI)
Betty Tucker (CHI)
298
282
282
277
269
268
267
267
267
250
245
241
240
238

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All-Star Game[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "All-American Girls Professional Baseball League History". 
  2. ^ All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Rules of Play
  3. ^ All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record BookW. C. Madden. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2000. Format: Softcover, 294pp. Language: English. ISBN 978-0-7864-3747-4
  4. ^ a b c d e f g All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record Book
  5. ^ Fox 17 Video – Doris Cook's Story of the AAGPBL

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