Betty Russell

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Betty Russell
Betty Russell.jpg
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Outfield
Born: (1924-10-01)October 1, 1924
Globe, Arizona
Died: 1985 (aged 60)
Tonto Basin, Arizona
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • Championship team (1946)
  • Women in Baseball – AAGPBL Permanent Display
    at Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (1988)

Betty Josephine Russell [″Rusty″] (1924–1985) was an outfielder who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Listed at 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m), 145 lb, Russell batted and threw right-handed. She was born in Globe, Arizona.[1][2]

A member of a championship team, Betty Russell played for the Arizona Ramblers before joining the league with the Racine Belles during the 1946 season.[3]

Russell saw little action with Racine, while playing as a fourth outfielder for all-stars Eleanor Dapkus, Edythe Perlick and Claire Schillace. She hit a .143 average in 12 games to help Racine clinch the 1946 championship.[4]

Russell died in 1985 in Tonto Basin, Arizona, at the age of 60.[5]

Three years after her death, she became part of Women in Baseball, a permanent display based at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, which was unveiled to honor the entire All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Batting statistics[edit]

GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA
12 28 0 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 .169

[1][4]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b "All-American Girls Professional Baseball League official website – Betty Russell profile". 
  2. ^ All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record BookW. C. Madden. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2000. Format: Hardcover, 294pp. Language: English. ISBN 0-7864-0597-X
  3. ^ 1946 Racine Belles Archived March 29, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record Book
  5. ^ Find-a-Grave.com – Betty "Rusty" Russell (1924-1985)