Annastasia Batikis [Stash] (born March 15, 1927) is a former female center fielder who played for the Racine Belles of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League during the 1945 season. Listed at 4 ft 11 in (1.50 m), 125 lb., she batted and threw left-handed.
|All-American Girls Professional Baseball League|
March 15, 1927 |
Born in Racine, Wisconsin to Greek-American parents, Batikis was one of three descendants of Greek migrants to play in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, being the others Kay Lionikas and Vickie Panos. She had two brothers – Alex S., who served in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946, and John. She first got interested in playing baseball as a young girl in third grade while watching men play baseball on the playgrounds. When she got older she joined the Recreation Department League and played softball. She and her high school friends would go out to games where the Racine Belles played and watch in awe the women who played so well.
At 18 years of age and in her senior year in high school, Batikis tried out at the Historic Horlick Field where the Belles played and made the cut. She was then send to spring training in Chicago, where she got a contract with the Racine team of her home town. At that time only one other women in the league played for her home town. She believed that playing ball gave her the opportunity to travel, meet all kinds of neat people - helped with self-confidence.
After her career as a professional baseball player ended, Batikis went on to get a teaching position, working in the educational department for 35 years. She did a significant amount of volunteer work for clubs, churches, ballteams, civic groups to give talks about the League she played in. She also attended Northwestern University.
The AAGPBL folded in 1954, but there is now a permanent display at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum at Cooperstown, New York since November 5, 1988 that honors those who were part of this unique experience. Batikis, along with the rest of the league's girls, is now enshrined in the Hall.
In 2002, Batikis was added to Milwaukees Walls of Honor, which salutes Wisconsin's baseball history greats. She is also in the Hall of Fame at her old college University of Wisconsin–Madison for being a pioneer for women in professional baseball. In addition, she was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Washington Park Hall High School in 1987, joining her brother John, who was inducted in 1976.
- Her advice for young women who want to become pro ballplayers: If you have a dream - work at it. Don't give up. Play hard - listen to your coaches.
- ...I never dreamed I would make it, but I did. Seeing my name on the list of gals that made the team was my biggest thrill. 
- All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record Book – W. C. Madden. Publisher: McFarland & Company. Format: Paperback, 294pp. Language: English. ISBN 0-7864-3747-2 ISBN 9780786437474