Barbara Rotvig

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Barbara Joan Rotvig
Barbara Rotvig.jpg
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Pitcher
Born: July 2, 1928
Duluth, Minnesota
Died: December 27, 1963(1963-12-27) (aged 33–34)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • Two postseason appearances (1949, 1951)
  • Threw a no-hitter (1948)
  • Women in Baseball – AAGPBL Permanent Display
    at Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (1988)

Barbara Joan Rotvig [″Big Swede″] (July 2, 1928 – December 27, 1963) was a pitcher in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League who played with the Kenosha Comets for parts of three seasons spanning 1948–1951. Rotvig batted and threw right-handed. She was born in Duluth, Minnesota to Arnold B. and Bertha (Ekman) Rotvig.[1]

A hard throwing pitcher, the tall Barbara Rotvig never had a winning season, mainly because of poor run support. Still, she neither posted an earned run average above 2.84 in her three-year career.[2]

Rotvig hurled a no-hitter in her rookie season. She finished with an 11–16 record and a 2.52 ERA in 30 games, allowing 99 runs (66 earned) on 159 hits and 96 walks, while striking out 99 batters in 107 innings of work. Nevertheless, she suffered terrible control issues that led her to lead the league for the most hit-by-pitch batters (19) and more wild pitches (16).[3]

Her most productive season came in 1949, when she slightly improved to an 11–15 mark with a 2.33 ERA and a seventh best 97 strikeouts. She did not play in 1950, but returned the next year and went 6–10 with a 2.57 ERA, while ending sixth with 93 strikeouts.[4]

Barbara Rotvig was one of Duluth's Denfeld High School most successful female athletes before girls’ sports were officially sanctioned. She played semi-pro softball, participated in the All-American golf league and joined the Women's professional Golf Tour. S

Rotvig was involved in intramural volleyball, track, basketball, softball and golf while at Denfeld. She also participated in Speech, Pyramid, Criterion, choir and band.

In 1960 The first LPGA National Golf School staff was established under the guidance of Shirley Spork and Barbara Rotvig

She died in 1964 in the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at the age of 36.[1]

An award in her name is given each year to the outstanding female athlete of the year at Denfeld.

Rotvig is 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.

Career statistics[edit]

Pitching

GP W L W-L% ERA IP H RA ER BB SO WP HBP WHIP SO/BB
82 28 41 .406 2.58 551 375 242 158 206 289 28 43 1.05 0.988

Batting

GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB TB BB SO BA OBP SLG
91 194 15 28 2 0 0 10 2 30 27 38 .144 .249 .195

Fielding

GP PO A E TC DP FA
82 11 133 17 161 1 .895

[1][4]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "All-American Girls Professional Baseball League official website – Barbara Rotvig profile". 
  2. ^ All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record BookW. C. Madden. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2000. Format: Softcover, 294pp. ISBN 978-0-7864-3747-4
  3. ^ The Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League: A Biographical DictionaryW. C. Madden. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2005. Format: Softcover, 295 pp. ISBN 978-0-7864-2263-0
  4. ^ a b All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record Book