Terry Donahue (baseball)

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Terry Donahue
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Catcher
Born: (1925-08-22) August 22, 1925 (age 89)
Saskatchewan, Canada
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Professional debut
1946
Last professional appearance
1949
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Terry Donahue (born August 22, 1925) is a former female utility in baseball, playing mainly as a catcher for the Peoria Redwings of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1946 through 1949. Listed at 5' 2", 125 lb., she batted and threw right-handed.[1]

Donahue was born in Saskatchewan, Canada of Irish ancestry. As a young girl she learned to play baseball with the help of her brother in their family farm, and later played softball at school and in Moose Jaw for the local Royals team.

In 1945, Donahue was invited by an All-American Girls Professional Baseball League scout to spring training the next year in Pascagoula, Mississippi. She agreed to try out and was assigned to the Redwings, an expansion team based in Peoria, Illinois.[2]

During her four seasons in the league, Donahue played every position except first base and pitcher, although she most often served as catcher. She hit .127 in 287 games, and only committed 56 errors in 1051 chances for a solid .947 fielding average.[3]

In 1950 Donahue joined the Admiral Music Maids of the rival National Girls Baseball League in Chicago. After that, she worked for a very fine interior design firm in Chicago in accounting and bookkeeping for 38 years, then retired in 1990.[4]

A longtime resident of St. Charles, Illinois, Donahue carried out her Grand Marshal duties during the St. Patrick's Day Parade in 2009. She was joined by former White Sox pitcher Billy Pierce and former Cubs catcher Randy Hundley.

Donahue, 89, also has been honored with many recognitions and awards over the years, including inductions in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, and the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame.[5][6]

Batting statistics[edit]

GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA
287 722 7 92 3 2 0 10 44 123 17 .127

Fielding statistics[edit]

GP PO A E TC DP FA
258 734 261 56 1051 30 .947

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ All-American Girls Professional Baseball League - player page
  2. ^ The Diamond Angle - Interview by Lou Parrotta
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ Encyclopedia of Women and Baseball – Leslie A. Heaphy, Mel Anthony May. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2006. Format: Paperback, 438pp. Language: English. ISBN 0-7864-2100-2
  5. ^ The Chronicle – Baseball legends to lead St. Patrick's Day Parade
  6. ^ Women's Sports Foundation