Betty Whiting

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Betty Whiting
Betty Whiting.jpg
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
First base/Outfield/Catcher
Born: (1925-11-13)November 13, 1925
Ida Township, Michigan
Died: February 10, 1967(1967-02-10) (aged 41)
Battle Creek, Michigan
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • Championship team (1944)
  • Four playoff appearances (1945–1946, 1948–1949)
  • Led the league in fielding percentage at first base (1946)
  • Women in Baseball – AAGPBL Permanent Display
    at Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (1988)

Elizabeth Jane Whiting (November 13, 1925 – February 10, 1967) was a utility who played from 1944 through 1952 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Listed at 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m), 147 lb., Whiting batted and threw right-handed. She was born in Ida, Michigan.[1]

Betty Whiting was a valuable utility in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, playing mainly at first base for seven different teams in a span of nine seasons. She joined the league in 1944, as starting shortstop for the Milwaukee Chicks.

After that, Whiting played through 1952 for the Grand Rapids Chicks, Fort Wayne Daisies, Chicago Colleens, South Bend Blue Sox, Kalamazoo Lassies and Battle Creek Belles, for whom she also caught and played in the outfield.

Her most productive season came in 1952, when she posted career numbers with a .231 batting average and 79 hits, while driving in 28 runs and scoring 38 times in 104 games. She also led the league in being hit by pitches in two years, while in 1946 she committed only 13 errors at first base to lead all first sackers in fielding average (.989).

A member of the 1944 Milwaukee champion team, Whiting also appeared in four postseasons (1945–46, 1948–49). In 1988, 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.

Whiting died in Battle Creek, Michigan at the age of 41, when she fell down the stairway to her cellar.

Batting statistics[edit]

GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP
943 2947 311 561 64 17 3 232 198 422 303 .190 .292

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Sources[edit]

  1. ^ All-American Girls Professional Baseball League official website – Betty Whiting entry
  2. ^ All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record Book – W. C. Madden. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2000. Format: Paperback, 294pp. Language: English. ISBN 0-7864-3747-2