Elaine Roth

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Elaine Roth
Elaine Roth.jpg
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Pitcher
Born: (1929-01-17)January 17, 1929
Michigan City, Indiana
Died: May 25, 2007(2007-05-25) (aged 78)
Springfield, Michigan
Batted: right Threw: right
Professional debut
1948
Last professional appearance
1954
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • Championship Title (1954)
  • Three playoff appearances (1948, 1953-'54)

Elaine Roth [E] (January 17, 1929 – May 25, 2007) was a female pitcher and outfielder who played from 1948 through 1954 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. She batted and threw right-handed.[1]

A native of Michigan City, Indiana, Elaine Roth joined the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League with her twin sister Eilaine in 1948, and they played together for three seasons as the dynamic duo (E and I).[2]

Roth spent her career as a pitcher, playing for the Peoria Redwings for two years, before joining the South Bend Blue Sox (1950) and Kalamazoo Lassies (1951–1954). A spot starter and dependable reliever, she posted a career record of 45–69 and was a member of the Champion Team during what turned out to be the league's final 1954 season.[3]

In the first round of the playoffs, fourth-place Kalamazoo surprised second-place South Bend in three games. Pitcher Gloria Cordes hurled and lost the opener, but Nancy Warren and Roth won games two and three, respectively. In the final series, the inspired Lassies defeated the favored Fort Wayne Daisies in five games. Roth was a key contributor in Game 2, pitching 8⅔ innings of relief.[4]

Roth died in Springfield, Michigan, at the age of 78.[5]

Pitching statistics[edit]

GP W L W-L% ERA IP H R ER BB SO WHIP
184 45 69 .395 2.94 1028 944 501 336 260 238 1.171

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Sources[edit]

  1. ^ All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player page
  2. ^ The Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League: A Biographical Dictionary – W. C. Madden. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2005. Format: Paperback, 295 pp. 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, 438pp. Language: English. ISBN 0-7864-2100-2
  4. ^ SABR Project – June Peppas interview by Jim Sargent
  5. ^ Star-Collector.net – AAGPBL updates
  6. ^ 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