1950 All-American Girls Professional Baseball League season

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1950 All-American Girls Professional Baseball League season
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League All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Sport Baseball
Number of teams Eight
Regular season
Season champions Rockford Peaches
Shaugnessy playoffs
Finals champions Rockford Peaches
AAGPBL seasons
← 1949
1951 →

The 1950 All-American Girls Professional Baseball League season marked the eight season of the circuit. The teams Fort Wayne Daisies, Grand Rapids Chicks, Kenosha Comets, Muskegon Lassies, Peoria Redwings, Racine Belles, Rockford Peaches and South Bend Blue Sox competed through a 112 game schedule.[1]

In 1950 the league used a livelier 10 inches ball. Finally, the batting was able to take advantage of the pitching, when five hitters reached the .300 average mark for the year. Fort Wayne's rookie Betty Foss led the circuit with a .346 average, to set a new season mark.[2][3]

Nevertheless, three no-hitters were recorded in the season, two of them by Jean Cione of Kenosha during the month of August. Her first was a 12-inning gem against Grand Rapids, and the second came in a seven-inning shutout over Racine. Previously, Kenosha's Ruby Stephens had pitched a nine-inning no-no against the Lassies in July.[4][5]

Grand Rapids' Alma Ziegler posted a 19-7 record and a solid 1.38 earned run average in 35 games, leading all pitchers in winning percentage (.732). She also tossed 43 straight shutout inning, and finished second in ERA behind South Bend's Jean Faut (1.12). Ziegler was honored with the Player of the Year Award.[5]

The league returned to the Shaugnessy format during the playoffs, featuring the top four teams of the season. In the best-of-five first round, first place Rockford won Kenosha and second place Fort Wayne defeated fourth place Grand Rapids. The final series took all seven games to decide the champion team. After winning the first two games, Rockford lost the next two games to Fort Wayne. Rockford took a 3-2 advantage in Game 5, but Fort Wayne won the next contest to send the series to a seventh game. Finally, Rockford never gave Fort Wayne a chance at another upset and won the series, four to three games. Helen Nicol was credited with three of the four victories of Rockford in the finals, including a shutout in decisive Game 7. Bill Allington guided the Peaches to they third title in a row, fourth overall, to set two all-time records for a manager.[5][6]

In 1950 the AAGPBL declined in attendance for the second consecutive year. Poor financial management finally caught up to the league and it began to slide. At the end of the season, team directors voted to purchase the league from Arthur Meyerhoff and operate their teams independently. That season had been a nightmare for Muskegon, after registering the worst record in the circuit and a relocation during the midseason to Kalamazoo, Michigan, where the team was renamed the Kalamazoo Lassies. Besides this, the Racine franchise, a two-time champion and one of the four original teams, had to move to Battle Creek, Michigan. The team would be renamed the Battle Creek Belles for the next season.[7]

Standings[edit]

Rank Team W L W-L% GB
1 Rockford Peaches 67 44 .604
2 Fort Wayne Daisies 62 43 .590 2
3 Kenosha Comets 63 46 .578 3
4 Grand Rapids Chicks 59 53 .527
5 South Bend Blue Sox 55 55 .500 11½
6 Racine Belles 50 59 .459 16
7 Peoria Redwings 44 63 .411 21
8 Kalamazoo Lassies 36 73 .330 30

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                    1950 Rockford Peaches Championship Team          
Front row, L-R: Amy Irene Applegren (P), Helen Waddell (OF/IF), Helen Fox (P), Dorothy Kamenshek (1B), Charlene Barnett (2B), Eleanor Callow (RF), Marie Mansfield (LF), Dorothy Ferguson (CF), Louise Erickson (P). Back row, L-R: Dorothy Green (chaperone), Marilyn Jones (C/P), Dorothy Harrell (SS), Alice Pollitt (3B), Ruth Richard (C), Jacquelyn Kelley (C/IF), Lois Florreich (P), Bill Allington (manager). Absent from photo: Edna Scheer (P).

Postseason[edit]

First round
Best of five series
Second round
Best of seven series
           
1 Rockford Peaches 3
3 Kenosha Comets 1
1 Rockford Peaches 4
2 Fort Wayne Daisies 3
2 Fort Wayne Daisies 3
4 Grand Rapids Chicks 1

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Batting statistics[edit]

Statistic Player Record
 Batting average Betty Foss
    Dorothy Kamenshek (ROC)   
Evelyn Wawryshyn (FW)
Sophie Kurys (RAC)
Doris Sams (KAL)
Betty Wagoner (SB)
Inez Voyce (GR)
Alice Pollitt (ROC)
Doris Satterfield (GR)
Dorothy Harrell (ROC)
Wilma Briggs (FW)
Rose Gacioch (GR)
.346
.334
.311
.307
.301
.296
.292
.279
.278
.276
.275
.263
Runs scored Sophie Kurys (RAC)
Thelma Eisen (FW)
Marilyn Olinger (GR)
Charlene Pryer (SB)
Evelyn Wawryshyn (FW)
Wilma Briggs (FW)
Doris Satterfield (GR)
Betty Foss (FW)
Dorothy Kamenshek (ROC)
Edythe Perlick (RAC)
95
87
78
75
71
69
68
64
64
64
Hits Sophie Kurys (RAC)
Betty Foss (FW)
Evelyn Wawryshyn (FW)
Doris Satterfield (GR)
Dorothy Harrell (ROC)
Charlene Pryer (SB)
Betty Wagoner (SB)
Dorothy Kamenshek (ROC)
Inez Voyce (GR)
Wilma Briggs (FW)
130
125
124
120
119
115
115
114
111
109
Doubles Betty Foss (FW)
Sophie Kurys (RAC)
Thelma Eisen (FW)
Betty Luna (FW/KAL)
Dorothy Harrell (ROC)
Lavonne Paire (GR)
Doris Satterfield (GR)
Dorothy Schroeder (FW)
Doris Sams (KAL)
Betty Whiting (SB/KAL)
24
22
20
18
16
16
16
15
15
15
Triples Eleanor Callow (ROC)
Dorothy Harrell (ROC)
Doris Satterfield (GR)
Delores Brumfield (KEN)
Alice Pollitt (ROC)
Edythe Perlick (RAC)
Madeline English (RAC)
Helen Filarski (SB)
Sophie Kurys (RAC)
Ruth Richard (ROC)
11
10
8
7
7
7
6
6
6
6
Home runs Eleanor Callow (ROC)
Sophie Kurys (RAC)
Betty Foss (FW)
Dorothy Schroeder (FW)
Madeline English (RAC)
Doris Sams (KAL)
Doris Satterfield (GR)
June Peppas (RAC)
Wilma Briggs (FW)
Dorothy Harrell (ROC)
Vivian Kellogg (FW)
Edythe Perlick (RAC)
Marjorie Pieper (KEN/PEO)
Inez Voyce (GR)
7
7
5
5
4
4
4
4
3
3
3
3
3
3
Runs batted in Lavonne Paire (GR)
Inez Voyce (GR)
Dorothy Harrell (ROC)
Betty Foss (FW)
Edythe Perlick (RAC)
Dorothy Schroeder (FW)
Eleanor Callow (ROC)
Doris Satterfield (GR)
June Peppas (RAC)
Josephine Lenard (KEN)
Evelyn Wawryshyn (FW)
Sophie Kurys (RAC)
Madeline English (RAC)
70
66
63
61
59
58
56
54
52
51
50
42
41
Stolen bases Sophie Kurys (RAC)
Thelma Eisen (FW)
Charlene Pryer (SB)
Senaida Wirth (SB)
Evelyn Wawryshyn (FW)
Betty Foss (FW)
Eilaine Roth (KAL)
Madeline English (RAC)
Josephine Lenard (KEN)
Betty Trezza (RAC)
120
75
75
67
65
64
64
61
53
53
Total bases Sophie Kurys (RAC)
Dorothy Harrell (ROC)
Doris Satterfield (GR)
Betty Foss (FW)
Eleanor Callow (ROC)
Inez Voyce (GR)
Evelyn Wawryshyn (FW)
Delores Brumfield (KEN)
June Peppas (RAC)
Dorothy Kamenshek
Edythe Perlick
Betty Wagoner (SB)
Thelma Eisen (FW)
185
164
164
162
160
144
144
139
139
134
134
132
129

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Pitching statistics[edit]

Statistic Player Record
Wins Maxine Kline (FW)
Jean Faut (SB)
Lois Florreich (ROC)
Alma Ziegler (GR)
Jean Cione (KEN)
Eleanor Dapkus (RAC)
Louise Erickson (ROC)
Dorothy Mueller (SB)
Ruby Stephens (KEN)
 Margaret Holgerson (GR/MUS) 
Helen Nicol (ROC)
Earlene Risinger (GR)
23
21
20
19
18
17
16
16
15
14
14
14
Winning percentage Alma Ziegler (GR)
Maxine Kline (FW)
Lois Florreich (ROC)
Jean Faut (SB)
Jean Cione (KEN)
Mildred Deegan (FW)
Dorothy Mueller (PEO)
Ruby Stephens (KEN)
Dorothy Wiltse (FW)
Louise Erickson (ROC)
Eleanor Dapkus (RAC)
.731
.719
.714
.700
.643
.640
.640
.625
.619
.615
.607
Earned run average Jean Faut (SB)
Lois Florreich (ROC)
Alma Ziegler (GR)
Eleanor Dapkus (RAC)
Helen Nicol (ROC)
Margaret Holgerson (GR/MUS)
Mildred Deegan (FW)
Kay Blumetta (FW)
Nancy Warren (PEO)
Earlene Risinger (GR)
1.12
1.18
1.38
1.81
1.98
2.00
2.17
2.33
2.37
2.38
Strikeouts Lois Florreich (ROC)
Jean Faut (SB)
Eleanor Dapkus (RAC)
Doris Sams (KAL)
Mary Reynolds (PEO)
Margaret Holgerson (GR/MUS)
Earlene Risinger (GR)
Dorothy Mueller (SB)
Louise Erickson (ROC)
Maxine Kline (FW)
171
118
112
109
106
101
90
90
88
87
Complete games Jean Faut (SB)
Lois Florreich (ROC)
Jean Cione (KEN)
Mildred Deegan (FW)
Alma Ziegler (GR)
Louise Erickson (ROC)
Doris Sams (KAL)
Dorothy Mueller (SB)
29
28
25
24
24
23
22
22
Games pitched Jean Faut (SB)
Alma Ziegler (GR)
Margaret Holgerson (GR/MUS)
Maxine Kline (FW)
Mary Reynolds (PEO)
Jean Cione (KEN)
Lois Florreich (ROC)
Josephine Hasham (PEO)
Nancy Warren (PEO)
Eleanor Dapkus (RAC)
Earlene Risinger (GR)
Mirtha Marrero (KAL)
Joanne Winter (RAC)
36
35
33
33
33
32
32
32
32
31
31
30
30
Innings pitched Jean Faut (SB)
Maxine Kline (FW)
Lois Florreich (ROC)
Jean Cione (KEN)
Alma Ziegler (GR)
Earlene Risinger (GR)
Margaret Holgerson (GR/MUS)
Eleanor Dapkus (RAC)
Nancy Warren (PEO)
Josephine Hasham (PEO)
Mary Reynolds (PEO)
Louise Erickson (ROC)
Dorothy Mueller (SB)
Mildred Deegan (FW)
290
266
252
243
235
231
230
229
228
226
221
221
221
220

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All-Star Game[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ All-American Girls Professional Baseball League teams by season
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ AAGPBL Rules of Play
  4. ^ Encyclopedia of Women and Baseball - Leslie A. Heaphy, Mel Anthony May. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2006. Format: Softcover, 438pp. Language: English. ISBN 0-7864-2100-2
  5. ^ a b c d e f g All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record Book
  6. ^ All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Records
  7. ^ All-American Girls Professional Baseball League History

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