1952 All-American Girls Professional Baseball League season
|League||All-American Girls Professional Baseball League|
|Number of teams||Six|
|Season champions||Fort Wayne Daisies|
|Finals champions||South Bend Blue Sox|
The 1952 All-American Girls Professional Baseball League season marked the tenth season of the circuit. The teams Battle Creek Belles, Fort Wayne Daisies, Grand Rapids Chicks, Kalamazoo Lassies, Rockford Peaches and South Bend Blue Sox competed through a 110 game schedule, while the Shaugnessy playoffs featured the top four teams from each half of the regular season.
In 1952 the league was left with six teams, as Kenosha and Peoria folded at the end of the previous season. No changes were made to the game, but attendance continued to decline. Joanne Weaver of Fort Wayne won the batting crown with a .344 average, while her older sister and teammate Betty Foss was honored with the Player of the Year Award. Foss registered the second best average (.331) and led the league in total bases (209), runs scored (81), runs batted in (74), doubles (24) and triples (17). South Bend's Jean Faut won the pitching Triple Crown, after leading the league in earned run average (0.93) and strikeouts (114), while tying with Rockford's Rose Gacioch for the most victories (20). Faut also posted the best win–loss record (.909), that would eventually become the highest in league history. Furthermore, Marilyn Jones of Battle Creek hurled the only no-hitter of the season against Rockford on July 10.
During the best-of-three series, first place Fort Wayne lost to third place Rockford, two games to one, while second place South Bend swept fourth place Grand Rapids. Fort Wayne won the first game, 5–4, in a heroic 10-inning effort by Maxine Kline. But Rockford won the next contest, 4–3, with strong pitching from Rose Gacioch, who limited the powerful Daisies to a run after struggling in the first inning. In Game 3, Migdalia Pérez scattered six hits in a 6–0 shutout against Fort Wayne, while receiving offensive support from Jean Buckley, who went 4-for-4 with four RBI. In the other series, South Bend dispossed of Grand Rapids in two games. Jean Faut struck out nine Chicks in a three-hit, 2–1 victory while facing Alma Ziegler in Game 1. Then, Glenna Sue Kidd defeated Earlene Risinger and Grand Rapids in Game 2, 6–1, to face Grand Rapids in the finals. South Bend clinched the title over the Peaches, 3 to 2 games. Once more Faut was brilliant in the final series, winning two games and batting an average of .300 (6-for-20) with two triples and three RBI, while leading the Blue Sox to their second championship in a row.
Attendance continued to decline, but no figures are available. For the second consecutive year Battle Creek failed to capture a sustainable fan base. The team would be relocated and renamed Muskegon Belles for the next season.
|1||Fort Wayne Daisies||67||42||.613||–|
|2||South Bend Blue Sox||64||45||.587||3|
|4||Grand Rapids Chicks||50||60||.455||17½|
|6||Battle Creek Belles||43||67||.344||24|
Best of three series
Best of five series
|1||Fort Wayne Daisies||1|
|2||South Bend Blue Sox||3|
|2||South Bend Blue Sox||2|
|4||Grand Rapids Chicks||0|
- All-American Girls Professional Baseball League teams by season
- All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record Book – W. C. Madden. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2000. Format: Softcover, 294pp. Language: English. ISBN 978-0-7864-3747-4
- 'The Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League: A Biographical Dictionary – W. C. Madden. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2005. Format: Softcover, 295pp. Language: English. ISBN 0-7864-3747-2
- All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record Book
- All-American Girls Professional Baseball League History
- "All-American Girls Professional Baseball League records".
- AAGPBL Official Website
- AAGPBL Records
- Baseball Historian files
- Baseball Reference Bullpen entry
- The Diamond Angle profiles and interviews
- SABR Projects – Jim Sargent articles
- YouTube videos