1945 All-American Girls Professional Baseball League season

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1945 All-American Girls Professional Baseball League season
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League All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Sport Baseball
Number of teams Six
Regular season
Season champions Rockford Peaches
Shaugnessy playoffs
Finals champions Rockford Peaches
AAGPBL seasons
← 1944
1946 →

The 1945 All-American Girls Professional Baseball League season marked the third season of the circuit. The action began with six teams, like the previous season. But the Milwaukee Chicks and the Minneapolis Millerettes franchises were renamed the Grand Rapids Chicks and Fort Wayne Daisies respectively. The measure took effect for poor attendances in the cities of these teams the year before. At this point, the new clubs joined the Kenosha Comets, Racine Belles, Rockford Peaches and South Bend Blue Sox, all founding members of the league. The six teams competed through a 110 game schedule, while the split season was dropped in favor of a longer playoff format with the Shaugnessy format: the one seed facing the three seed and the two seed against the four seed.[1] In addition, the pitching distance increased from 40 to 42 feet during the midseason.[2]

Nevertheless, the pitchers continued to dominate the league as an all-time record eight no-hitters were recorded in the season. Rockford's Carolyn Morris hurled a perfect game against Fort Wayne, while South Bend's Betty Luna threw four shutouts in a stretch, including her first career no-hitter. Grand Rapids' Connie Wisniewski led all pitchers with her 32 victories and a 0.81 earned run average, rivalizing with Fort Wayne's Dorothy Wiltse who recorded 29 wins and a 0.83 ERA. But the other side, Mary Nesbitt of Racine was the only hitter to top the .300 mark (.319) while Fort Wayne teammates Helen Callaghan and Faye Dancer tied for the home run title with three a piece. Wisniewski was honored with the AAGPBL Player of the Year Award.[3]

In the playoffs, champion Rockford played third place Grand Rapids and second place Fort Wayne took Racine. Rockford and Fort Wayne ended up facing each other in the finals, with Rockford becoming the first team to win both the season title and the championship in league history. Morris, who went 28-12 with a 1.08 ERA in the season, defeated the Chicks three times in the first round and repeated her feat against the Daisies in the finals, proving that good pitching is most important that hitting during a short series.[4][5]

The AAGPBL drew 450,000 fans during the 1945 season, which represented a 19 percent raise over the previous year.[1]

Final standings[edit]

Rank Team W L W-L% GB
1     Rockford Peaches 67 43 .609
2    Fort Wayne Daisies 62 47 .569
3   Grand Rapids Chicks 60 50 .545 7
4         Racine Belles 50 60 .455 17
5   South Bend Blue Sox   49 60 .450 17½
6       Kenosha Comets 41 69 .372 26

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               1945 Rockford Peaches Championship Team          
Front row, L-R: Rose Gacioch (RF), Dorothy Ferguson (IF/OF), Helen Filarski (3B), Olive Little (P), Josephine Lenard (LF). Middle row, L-R: Dorothy Kamenshek (1B), Kay Rohrer (C), Dorothy Harrell (SS), Dorothy Green (C), Betty Carveth (P), Amy Applegren (P), Irene Kotowicz (OF). Back row, L-R: Carolyn Morris (P), Margaret Wigiser (CF), Marie Timm (chaperone), Bill Allington (manager), Mildred Deegan (2B), Alva Jo Fischer (P), Jean Cione (OF).

Postseason[edit]

First round
Best of five series
Second round
Best of seven series
           
1 Rockford Peaches 3
3 Grand Rapids Chicks 1
1 Rockford Peaches 4
2 Fort Wayne Daisies 1
2 Fort Wayne Daisies 3
4 Racine Belles 1

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Batting statistics[edit]

Statistic Player Record
 Batting average Mary Nesbitt (RAC)
Helen Callaghan (FW)
  Dorothy Kamenshek (ROC)  
Margaret Wigiser (ROC)
Elizabeth Mahon (SB)
Thelma Eisen (GR)
Dorothy Harrell (ROC)
Sophie Kurys (RAC)
Kay Rohrer (ROC)
Betsy Jochum (SB)
.319
.299
.274
.249
.246
.240
.239
.239
.239
.237
Runs scored Dorothy Kamenshek (ROC)
Helen Callaghan (FW)
Sophie Kurys (RAC)
Mary Baker (SB)
Edythe Perlick (RAC)
Mildred Deegan (ROC)
Faye Dancer (FW)
Thelma Eisen (GR)
Helen Filarski (ROC)
80
77
73
49
47
47
44
44
44
Hits Helen Callaghan (FW)
Dorothy Kamenshek (ROC)
Phyllis Koehn (KEN/SB)
Thelma Eisen (GR)
Mary Baker (SB)
Betsy Jochum (SB)
Sophie Kurys (RAC)
Edythe Perlick (RAC)
Vivian Kellogg (FW)
122
115
95
94
93
92
83
83
82
Doubles Helen Callaghan (FW)
Thelma Eisen (GR)
Margaret Stefani (SB)
Dorothy Kamenshek (ROC)
Vivian Kellogg (FW)
Mildred Deegan (ROC)
Doris Tetzlaff (GR)
Margaret Wigiser (ROC)
Kay Rohrer (ROC)
Lee Surkowski (SB)
Rose Gacioch (ROC)
17
16
13
11
10
9
9
8
8
8
8
Triples Audrey Wagner (KEN)
Gertrude Ganote (SB)
Margaret Stefani (SB)
Edythe Perlick (RAC)
Vivian Kellogg (FW)
Lois Florreich (SB/KEN)
Mary Baker (SB)
Mildred Deegan (ROC)
Lee Surkowski (SB)
Helen Callaghan (FW)
Phyllis Koehn (KEN/SB)
9
8
8
7
6
6
5
5
4
3
3
Home runs Helen Callaghan (FW)
Faye Dancer (FW)
Dorothy Harrell (ROC)
Edythe Perlick (RAC)
Kay Rohrer (ROC)
Dorothy Schroeder (SB/KEN)
Audrey Wagner (KEN)
Margaret Wigiser (ROC)
3
3
2
2
2
2
2
2
Runs batted in Rose Gacioch (ROC)
Phyllis Koehn (KEN/SB)
Edythe Perlick (RAC)
Margaret Stefani (SB)
Lavonne Paire (FW)
Vivian Kellogg (FW)
Eleanor Dapkus (RAC)
Betsy Jochum (SB)
Margaret Wigiser (ROC)
Thelma Eisen (GR)
Ruth Lessing (FW)
44
43
41
39
39
38
37
36
35
34
31
Stolen bases Sophie Kurys (RAC)
Helen Callaghan (FW)
Dorothy Kamenshek (ROC)
Shirley Jameson (KEN)
Twila Shively (GR)
Edythe Perlick (RAC)
Penny O'Brian (FW)
Thelma Eisen (GR)
Elizabeth Fabac (KEN)
115
92
60
58
46
44
43
41
41
Total bases Helen Callaghan (FW)
Dorothy Kamenshek (ROC)
Thelma Eisen (GR)
Betsy Jochum (SB)
Margaret Stefani (SB)
Mary Baker (SB)
Phyllis Koehn (KEN/SB)
Vivian Kellogg (FW)
Edythe Perlick (RAC)
156
130
115
110
110
109
109
107
107

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Pitching statistics[edit]

Statistic Player Record
Wins Connie Wisniewski (GR)
Dorothy Wiltse (FW)
Carolyn Morris (ROC)
Helen Nicol (KEN)
Olive Little (ROC)
Doris Barr (SB/RAC)
  Charlotte Armstrong (SB)   
Audrey Haine (FW)
Josephine Kabick (FW)
Mary Nesbitt (RAC)
Elise Harney (KEN)
Betty Luna (SB)
32
29
28
24
22
20
18
16
16
16
14
14
Earned run average Connie Wisniewski (GR)
Dorothy Wiltse (FW)
Carolyn Morris (ROC)
Helen Nicol (KEN)
Betty Luna (SB)
Annabelle Lee (FW)
Olive Little (ROC)
Doris Barr (SB/RAC)
Josephine Kabick (FW)
Mary Nesbitt (RAC)
0.81
0.83
1.08
1.34
1.53
1.56
1.68
1.71
1.85
1.87
Strikeouts Dorothy Wiltse (GR)
Helen Nicol (KEN)
Olive Little (ROC)
Nalda Bird (SB)
Carolyn Morris (ROC)
Doris Barr (SB/RAC)
Amy Applegren (ROC)
293
220
142
128
119
104
101
Games pitched Charlotte Armstrong (SB)
Helen Nicol (KEN)
Dorothy Wiltse (GR)
Connie Wisniewski (GR)
Elise Harney (KEN)
Carolyn Morris (ROC)
Josephine Kabick (GR)
Olive Little (ROC)
Viola Thompson (GR)
Joanne Winter (RAC)
Audrey Haine (FW)
Annabelle Lee (FW)
46
46
46
46
43
42
35
34
34
34
32
31
Innings pitched Connie Wisniewski (GR)
Helen Nicol (KEN)
Charlotte Armstrong (SB)
Dorothy Wiltse (GR)
Carolyn Morris (ROC)
Elise Harney (KEN)
Olive Little (ROC)
Josephine Kabick (GR)
Mary Nesbitt (RAC)
Viola Thompson (GR)
Joanne Winter (RAC)
Doris Barr (SB/RAC)
391
357
355
345
333
301
295
292
284
260
260
256

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All-Star Game[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b "All-American Girls Professional Baseball League History". 
  2. ^ AAGPBL Rules of Play
  3. ^ All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record BookW. C. Madden. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2000. Format: Softcover, 294pp. Language: English. ISBN 978-0-7864-3747-4
  4. ^ a b The Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League: A Biographical DictionaryW. C. Madden. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2005. Format: Softcover, 295pp. Language: English. ISBN 0-7864-3747-2
  5. ^ a b c d e All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record Book

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