Anna Mae O'Dowd

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Anna Mae O'Dowd played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1949 to 1951. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, on April 26, 1929. She both batted and threw right-handed.

Baseball career[edit]

Between 1949 and 1951, Anna played professional baseball for five teams: the Kenosha Comets (in 1949), the Chicago Colleens (also in 1949), the Kalamazoo Lassies and the Racine Belles (in 1950), and a year later, in 1951, for the Battle Creek Belles. According to fellow player Lois Balchunas (Bellman),[1] "Anna Mae O'Dowd was a catcher and was she good."

What was great for Anna about her professional baseball career—apart from participating in the game—was the travel. She had never left the Chicago area and was delighted to be able to travel so much. During her three years as a catcher for the league, she visited 27 different states. Once she left the league, later on in life, she played fast pitch softball with the Bloomer Girls in Chicago. They would play at night, which meant she could still work during the day.

Retirement[edit]

In 1992, once she had retired, Anna played golf and pickle ball. She still had the travel bug and visited many parts of the country. One of these trips was in 2006 when she went to Cooperstown, New York, where she attended the unveiling of the AAGPBL batter commemorative statue, in honour of the League.

Career statistics[edit]

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO AVG
1949 3 1 - 0 - - - - - - - .000
1950 41 106 6 23 2 0 0 10 1 9 7 .217
1951 26 68 7 9 1 0 0 5 0 7 8 .132

Sources[edit]

1. AAGPBL [2] 2. Daily Herald[3]

  1. ^ "Lois Balchunas (Bellman) Player Profile". AAGPBL. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Anna Mae O'Dowd". AAGPBL. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  3. ^ Broz, Joan. "Lisle woman remembers her time as a professional baseball player". Daily Herald. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2014.