Norma Berger

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Norma Berger
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Pitcher
Born: (1932-12-22) December 22, 1932 (age 81)
Maywood, Illinois
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Teams

Norma A. Berger (Taylor) (born December 22, 1932) is a former pitcher who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League during the 1950 season. Berger was nicknamed "Bergie״. Listed at 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m), 140 lb (64 kg), she batted and threw right-handed.[1]

Born in Maywood, Illinois, Norma Berger followed in the footsteps of Barbara Berger, her older sister, a catcher who played in parts of two seasons.[2]

The Berger sisters played baseball and basketball together during their childhood years, like the sisters depicted in the Penny Marshall 1992 film A League of Their Own, though Margaret and Norma never competed against each other in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.[3]

Berger spent the 1950 season with the Springfield Sallies, a touring player development team managed by Mitch Skupien. She posted an 8–8 record in 18 pitching appearances. As a hitter, she collected a .118 average (6-for-51), driving in four runs while scoring six times.[4][3]

After the season came to and end, Berger attended college and married Robert Taylor in 1955. The couple fostered two children, Bonnie and Vickie. Her husband retired in 1994, but she continued to work as a bank supervisor.[5]

In 1988, the Berger sisters received their long overdue recognition when the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York dedicated a permanent display to the entire league rather than any individual player.[3]

Norma Berger Taylor currently lives in Villa Park, Illinois.[6]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ "All-American Girls Professional Baseball League website – Norma Berger profile". 
  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. ^ a b c "All-American Girls Professional Baseball League History". 
  4. ^ "All-American Girls Professional Baseball League website – Norma Berger profile". 
  5. ^ The Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
  6. ^ Intelius.com – Report for Norma A. (Berger) Taylor in Villa Park, Illinois