Springfield Sallies

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                          1948 Springfield Sallies          
Front row, L-R: Zonia Vialat, Virginia Bell, Margaret Murray, Doris Neal, Ruby Stephens. Second row, L-R: Shirley Stovroff, Jane Stoll, Patricia Scott, Carson Bigbee (manager), Margaret Wenzell, Evelyn Wawryshyn, Julie Gutz. Back row, L-R: Mildred Meacham, June Schofield, Esther Hershey, Erma Bergmann, Doris Barr, Barbara Barbaze, Jean Marlowe, Mary Rudis (chaperone).

The Springfield Sallies were a women's professional baseball team who joined the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1948 season.

The team represented Springfield, Illinois, and played their games at Fitzgerald Memorial Stadium.

The helpless Sallies were the worst in the league, getting roughed up as a last-place expansion club with a 41-84 record, ending 35 and a half games behind the Racine Belles in the Western Division.

The club was managed by former bigleaguer Carson Bigbee, but had no All-Stars, and the only players to have a significant year were second sacker Evelyn Wawryshyn, who tied for sixth place with a .266 batting average, and pitcher Doris Barr, who posted a 2.68 ERA with a career-high 116 strikeouts despite her 7-19 record.

From 1949 through 1951 the Sallies joined the Chicago Colleens as touring player development teams. Their tours included exhibition contests at Griffith Stadium and Yankee Stadium, then dissolved entirely by 1951.

AAGPBL executive Mitch Skupien, who later managed in the league, served as the general manager for both touring teams.

All-time roster[edit]

Managers

* Carson Bigbee     1948
* Len Zintac 1949

Manager–Chaperone

* Barbara Liebrich   1950

Chaperone

* Mary Rudis       1948
1949

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