Chicago Colleens

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                          1948 Chicago Colleens          
Front row, L-R: Doris Tetzlaff, Charlene Barnett, Betty Whiting, Marilyn Olinger, Beulah Anne Georges. Eileen Albright, Rita Briggs. Second row, L-R: Donna Cook, Betty Tucker, Dave Bancroft (manager), Mirtha Marrero, Migdalia Pérez. Back row, L-R: Kathryn Vonderau, Josephine Kabick, Eleanor Callow, Dolores Wilson, Dorice Reid, Margaret Johnson (chaperone).

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The Chicago Colleens were a women's professional baseball team who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The team represented Chicago, Illinois and played their home games at Shewbridge Field.

The Coleens joined the strong Eastern Division in the 1948 season and were managed by former Major Leaguer Dave Bancroft. The team was the worst in the league, getting roughed up as a last-place expansion club with a 47-76 record, ending twenty nine and a half games out of the first place spot in the division. The only team to do worse, the Springfield Sallies of the Western Division, ended 41-84 in last place thirty five and a half games out. Both teams lost their franchises by the end of that season.

From 1949 through 1950, the Colleens and the Sallies became rookie development teams that played exclusively exhibition games. Their tours included contests at Griffith Stadium and Yankee Stadium, then dissolved entirely by 1951.

AAGPBL executive Mitch Skupien, who later managed in the league, served as the general manager for both touring teams.

All-time roster[edit]

Manager

* Dave Bancroft             1948

Manager–Chaperone

* Patricia Barringer         1949
1950

Chaperone

* Margaret Johnson    1948

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