Melba Alspaugh

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Melba Alspaugh
Melba Alspaugh.jpg
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Outfielder
Born: 1925
Wichita, Kansas
Died: February 16, 1983 (aged 58)
Wichita, Kansas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • Championship team (1948)
  • Women in Baseball – AAGPBL Permanent Display
    at Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (1988)

Melba Irene Alspaugh (1925 – February 16, 1983) was a backup outfielder who played from 1948 through 1949 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. She batted and threw right-handed.[1]

Born in Wichita, Kansas, Alspaugh was a light hitting outfielder with good defense and a strong throwing arm. She entered the league in 1948 with the Fort Wayne Daisies, playing for them in part of the season before joining the Rockford Peaches at the end of the year, in time to become a member of the champion team.[2]

In the 1948 playoffs, Rockford swept the Kenosha Comets in the first round of the best-of-five series, and also swept the Racine Belles in the second round of the best-of-five series. The Peaches then went on to win the Championship Title, beating the Daisies in the best-of-seven series, four to one games. Alspaugh hit .240 in eight playoff games (6-for-25), including a double and one stolen base, while driving in one run and scoring four times. She opened 1949 with Rockford, but was traded to the Muskegon Lassies during the midseason.[3]

Alspaugh died in her hometown of Wichita, Kansas, at the age of 58.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Batting

GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP
112 297 41 59 1 0 0 19 40 29 46 .199 .270

Fielding

GP PO A E TC DP FA
99 104 10 5 119 2 .968

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ All-American Girls Professional Baseball League website – Melba Alspaugh entry
  2. ^ Intelius.com/Melba I. Alspaugh/Wichita, KS
  3. ^ All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record BookW. C. Madden. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2000. Format: Hardcover, 294pp. Language: English. ISBN 0-7864-0597-X
  4. ^ "Index of Wichita Eagle/Beacon Obituaries, 1983". Midwest Historical and Genealogical Society.