Mary Pratt (baseball)

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Mary Pratt
Mary Pratt card.jpg
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Pitcher
Born: (1918-11-30) November 30, 1918 (age 96)
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Batted: Left Threw: Left
Professional debut
1943
Last professional appearance
1947
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Mary Pratt (born November 30, 1918) is a former pitcher who played from 1943 through 1947 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. She batted and threw left-handed.[1]

Early life[edit]

Pratt was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and grew up in Quincy, Massachusetts. She attended North Quincy High School. After graduation, she entered Sargent College and participated in various sports there, including basketball, softball, volleyball, lacrosse, field hockey, tennis, archery, and sailing. Pratt earned a degree in physical education in 1940.[2]

AAGPBL career[edit]

In 1941, Pratt got a job teaching in Quincy. The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League formed at around that time, and after the school year ended in 1943, Pratt joined the league as a member of the Rockford Peaches.[2] She played in 24 games during her first season, going 5–11 on the mound and batting .235.[1]

The following season, Pratt was transferred to the Kenosha Comets team. She immediately had her best season, winning 21 games and pitching a no-hitter, while leading the Comets to the league championship series.[2][3][4] During this time, Pratt "was very effective using a controlled slingshot or windmill windup to get hitters out".[2]

Pratt slumped in 1945, going just 1–16. She won just 1 more game in 1946 and 1947 before retiring from professional baseball.[1]

Later life[edit]

Pratt continued to teach physical education classes in Quincy until 1986, and she also coached the school softball, basketball, soccer, and tennis teams.[2] She won 10 softball championships in the state of Massachusetts.[2]

Pratt has been inducted into the New England Sports Museum, Boston University Hall of Fame, and Boston Garden Hall of Fame.[2]

Pitching statistics[edit]

GP W L W-L% ERA IP RA ER BB SO
110 28 51 .354 2.98 825 396 273 240 131

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Mary Pratt". aagpbl.org. Retrieved 2010-12-28.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Bernstein, Sam. "Mary Pratt". bioproj.sabr.org. Retrieved 2010-12-28.
  3. ^ Roy, Matthew K. "Baseball pioneer in a league of her own". salemnews.com, April 16, 2008. Retrieved 2010-12-28.
  4. ^ Trombe, Carolyn M. Dottie Wiltse Collins: Strikeout Queen of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (McFarland, 2005), p. 168.