Pauline Crawley

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Pauline Crawley
Pauline Crawley.jpg
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Outfield
Born: (1924-09-11)September 11, 1924
Phoenix, Arizona
Died: September 18, 2003(2003-09-18) (aged 79)
Cathedral City, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • Women in Baseball – AAGPBL Permanent Display
    at Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (1988)

Pauline Crawley (September 11, 1924 – September 18, 2003) was a fourth outfielder who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Listed at 5' 4", 145 lb., she batted and threw right handed.[1][2]

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, the diminutive Pauline Crawley was a surehanded outfielder with a strong throwing arm. Unfortunately, she only played in parts of two seasons in the league over a six-year span due to a severe knee injury.

Crawley started to play softball at age 11 in a Phoenix league. Her softball team was a perennial participant in national tournaments. She earned her nickname ″Hedy″ as a teenager, because she kiddingly said that she bore resemblance to Hedy Lamarr, one of her favorite movie stars. Her close friend Joanne Winter, a pitcher who had joined the league in its inaugural 1943 season, arranged for her to try out with future Hall of Famer Max Carey, by then the league's president. She was accepted by Carey and assigned to the Peoria Redwings for the start of the 1946 season.[3][4]

About halfway through her rookie season, Crawley twisted her left knee and required to have surgery. She even paid for the operation's fuel cost. I had injured my knee in Phoenix and I didn't think it was their fault, she explained in an interview. As a result, the league did not offered her a contract the next year. She then joined the rival National Girls Baseball League in Chicago from 1947 through 1950.[4]

After that, Crawley took an employment with United Airlines before deciding to return to the AAGPBL without a guaranteed contract. She was accepted and relocated to the Battle Creek Belles, playing for them the entire 1951 season.[4][5]

In 1952, Crawley quit baseball and went on to attend California State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree. She then rejoined United Airlines, working for them as an executive secretary during 32 years. She later worked four years with Northrop Aircraft manufacturer before retiring for good.[4]

Over the years, she had four knee surgeries on her knee before she had replaced it in 1993 by Dr. Robert Murphy, a skilled orthopaedic surgeon who replaced the injured knee of former U.S. President Gerald Ford.[4][6]

Crawley remained living in the area of California for a long time. After retiring, she enjoyed playing golf and assisted to AAGPBL Players Association reunions. The association was largely responsible for the opening of Women in Baseball, a permanent display at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum at Cooperstown, New York, which was inaugurated in November 1988.[4]

In addition, she formed part of the Golden Diamond Girls, a group of former players who attend vintage baseball card shows and sign autographs.[4]

Pauline Crawley died in 2003 in Cathedral City, California, a week after her 79th birthday.[1][7]

Career statistics[edit]

Batting

GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB TB BB SO BA OBP SLG
125 418 40 67 2 2 0 25 21 73 33 44 .160 .222 .175

Fielding

GP PO A E TC DP FA
119 166 17 9 192 3 .953

[1][4]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "All-American Girls Professional Baseball League official website – Pauline Crawley profile". 
  2. ^ The Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League: A Biographical DictionaryW. C. Madden. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2005. Format: Softcover, 295 pp. Language: English. ISBN 978-0-7864-2263-0. OCLC 60387152
  3. ^ 1946 Peoria Redwings
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h The Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
  5. ^ 1951 Battle Creek Belles
  6. ^ News.Google.com – Gerald Ford Has Knee Surgery
  7. ^ Intelius.com – Pauline M. Crawley report