Alice Hohlmayer

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Alice Hohlmayer
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
First base/Pitcher
Born: (1925-01-19) January 19, 1925 (age 90)
Springfield, Ohio
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • Pitched 42 consecutive scoreless innings (1950)
  • Two postseason appearances (1948–1949)
  • Women in Baseball – AAGPBL Permanent Display
    at Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (1988)

Alice Hohlmayer [Naughton] (born January 19, 1925) is a former first basewoman and pitcher who played from 1946 through 1951 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Listed at 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m), 160 lb., she batted and threw left-handed.[1][2]

Born in Springfield, Ohio, Alice Hohlmayer was the daughter of Carl Hohlmayer, a milkman and laundromat owner, and Marguerite (née Waggaman) Hohlmayer, a housewife. Alice played softball at age five with her brothers and later served as a batgirl and player for the Finke and Herne club, which toured across Ohio, being selected at first base for the All-Star team in the 1937 State's Tournament. Nicknamed ״Lefty״ from school days, she also played basketball, field hockey, tennis and volleyball.[1][3]

Hohlmayer graduated from Springfield High School in 1942. The next year she entered Ohio State University, where she had a chance to show her athletic talent. Then, she was discovered by an AAGPBL sport in 1945 while playing during a tournament in Cleveland, and later was contacted by the league's president Max Carey.[4]

Following a tryout at Pascagoula, Mississippi, Hohlmayer entered the league in 1946 with the Kenosha Comets, playing for them three years before joining the Muskegon Lassies (1949), Kalamazoo Lassies (1950) and Peoria Redwings (1950–1951). She opened at first base, then gradually started to pitch until becoming a full-time pitcher, showing good batting skills and a hard throwing arm. The versatile Hohlmayer hurled 42 consecutive scoreless innings in 1950, and also made 21 putouts at first base in a regular game. Her most productive season came in 1951, when she posted a 15–11 record with a 2.02 earned run average and 209 innings of work in 29 pitching appearances. Besides this, she gained notoriety for having a hit against legendary pitcher Satchel Paige during an All-Star exhibition game.[1][5][6]

In a six-year career, Hohlmayer was a .203 hitter and posted a pitching record of 33–32 with a 2.58 ERA. In seven postseason games, she hit .136 (3-for-22) and had a 1.29 ERA in seven innings without a decision.[5]

Hohlmayer continued studying while playing baseball, graduating in 1949 from Ohio State with Bachelor degrees in physical education and health. After the 1951 season she returned home to help save the family laundromat business. Later she married William McNaughton and moved to Fairfield, California, where she taught at school and worked 17 years for the local finance department and recreation services, while coaching Little League Baseball in her spare time. When widowed in 1960, she brought her two children, Maichele and Sean. After retiring in 1979, she played on a men's 55-plus softball team which advanced to the World Slow Pitch Tournament. She also managed a softball team for five years before moving to San Diego, California.[1][4]

In 1988, Alice Hohlmayer McNaughton became part of Women in Baseball, a permanent display based at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, which was unveiled to honor the entire All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.[1]

Alice Hohlmayer was nominated and inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame in 2005 for the title of Spirit Of The Women's Hall Of Fame. The annual Women's Hall of Fame induction is co-hosted by Women's Museum of California (Located in San Diego), Commission on the Status of Women, UC San Diego Women's Center, and San Diego State Women's Studies.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Batting

GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB TB BB SO BA OBP SLG
486 1486 85 301 35 15 3 128 43 375 138 192 .203 .270 .252

Pitching

GP W L W-L% ERA IP H RA ER BB SO WHIP
89 33 32 .508 2.58 579 533 246 166 141 126 1.16

Fielding

GP PO A E TC DP FA
468 4225 264 109 4598 101 .976

[5]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "All-American Girls Professional Baseball League official website – Alice Hohlmayer profile". 
  2. ^ All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record Book – W. C. Madden. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2000. Format: Paperback, 294pp. Language: English. ISBN 0-7864-3747-2
  3. ^ Biographical Dictionary of American Sports – David L. Porter. Publisher: Greenwood Press, 2000. Format: Hardcover, 2064pp. Language: English. ISBN 978-0-313-29884-4
  4. ^ a b Biographical Dictionary of American Sports
  5. ^ a b c All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record Book
  6. ^ Encyclopedia of Women and Baseball – Leslie A. Heaphy, Mel Anthony May. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2006. Format: Paperback, 438pp. Language: English. ISBN 0-7864-2100-2
  7. ^ "San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame". Ashley Gardner. Retrieved 2012-04-27.