Claire Schillace

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Claire Schillace
Claire Schillace.jpg
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Center fielder
Born: (1921-03-29)March 29, 1921
Melrose Park, Illinois
Died: January 17, 1999(1999-01-17) (aged 76)
Bethesda, Maryland
Batted: Right Threw: Left
Career statistics
Batting average .202
Home runs      2
Runs batted in  112
Stolen bases  153
Career highlights and awards

Claire Joan Schillace (March 29, 1921 – January 17, 1999) was a center fielder who played from 1943 through 1946 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Listed at 5' 3", 128 lb., she batted right-handed and threw left-handed.

AAGPBL career[edit]

A native of Melrose Park, Illinois, Schillace was attending Northern Illinois University and played softball in a Chicago league, being a member of the Illinois state and Chicago city championship teams. She impressed the AAGPBL scouts with her speedy baserunning and fielding skills. After receiving a tryout invitation, she became one of the first four players signed by the league for its inaugural season, joining Ann Harnett, Shirley Jameson and Edythe Perlick.[1]

Schillace spent four years in the league, all with the Racine Belles. She had an outstanding rookie season, hitting a career-high .251 average, being selected to the All-Star Team, and as member of the 1943 Belles Championship Team. During her career, she posted a .202 average and stole 153 bases.[2]

Following her baseball career, Schillace completed her studies and earned a masters degree in education. After being married, she changed her name to Claire Schillace Donahoe. She and her husband had four children, three boys and a girl. For many years she worked as an educator in Maryland.[3]


In November 1988, Claire, along with her former teammates and opponents, received their long overdue recognition, when the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York dedicated a permanent display to the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. In 1999, she joined Charlene Wright as the two first inductees in the National Women's Baseball Hall of Fame.[4]

Claire died in Bethesda, Maryland at the age of 76, following complications from a blood clot.


  1. ^ Northern Indiana Center for History
  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. ^ Encyclopedia of Women and Baseball - Leslie A. Heaphy, Mel Anthony May. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2006. Format: Paperback, 438 pp. Language: English. ISBN 0-7864-2100-2
  4. ^ Women's Baseball – John M. Kovach. Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC, 2005. Format: Paperback, 128pp. Language: English. ISBN 0-7385-3380-7

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