Shirley Danz

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Shirley Danz
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Shortstop / Second base / Outfield
Born: (1926-08-16) August 16, 1926 (age 88)
Oak Park, Illinois
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • Women in Baseball – AAGPBL Permanent Display
    at Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (1988)

Shirley Elizabeth Danz (born August 16, 1926) is a former infielder and outfielder who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Listed at 5' 4", 130 lb., she batted and threw right handed.[1][2]

Shirley Danz played during two seasons in the league before directing her abilities toward bowling as a competitor and instructor, touring on the Brunswick circuit for many years.[3]

Born in Oak Park, Illinois, Danz started playing amateur softball in the nearby city of Forest Park at the age of thirteen. She began to play at professional level with the Cardinals team of the Chicago National Girls Baseball League, where she was spotted by an AAGPBL talent scout who invited her to a try out and was assigned to the Chicago Colleens rookie touring team for the 1949 season.[3][4]

Danz played at second base and shortstop for the Colleens, and gained a promotion to the Racine Belles in 1950. She was converted into an outfielder, but her season ended abruptly when she injured herself, tripping over first base after hitting a single.[3][5]

She did not return to the league in 1951, and decided to coach a girl's softball team. A few years later, she became an accomplished bowler and toured on the bowling circuit from 1961 tthrough 1969. Although she never won a tournament, she became a skilled bowling instructor and earned a rewarding career in the years to come. She also worked at Motorola telecommunications company during 25 years, retiring in 1985.[1][3]

Danz received further recognition when she became part of Women in Baseball, a permanent display based at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, which was unveiled in 1988 to honor the entire All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

In 1994 she suffered a heart attack and received bypass surgery in 1995. She currently lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina, where she enjoys golf and gardening.[3]

At age 88, Shirley Danz is one of the oldest living former AAGPBL players.

Career statistics[edit]

Batting

GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB TB BB SO BA OBP SLG
23 55 4 8 0 0 0 1 1 8 4 18 .145 .203 .145

Fielding

GP PO A E TC DP FA
23 18 0 4 22 0 .818

[1][3]
Note: Since the league counted the 1949 tour as exhibition games no official statistics were kept.

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "All-American Girls Professional Baseball League official website – Shirley Danz profile". 
  2. ^ The Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League: A Biographical DictionaryW. C. Madden. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2005. Format: Softcover, pp.295. ISBN 978-0-7864-2263-0. OCLC 60387152
  3. ^ a b c d e f The Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League: A Biographical DictionaryW. C. Madden. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2005. Format: Softcover, ISBN 978-0-7864-2263-0. OCLC 60387152
  4. ^ 1949 Chicago Colleens
  5. ^ 1950 Racine Belles