Dottie Wiltse Collins
|Dorothy Wiltse Collins|
|Born: September 23, 1923
|Died: August 12, 2008
Fort Wayne, Indiana
|1944, for the Minneapolis Millerettes|
Wiltse Collins, who pitched for the Fort Wayne Daisies, first played in the AAGPBL in 1944, winning 20 games that year for the Minneapolis Millerettes. In 1945, she posted a record of 29–10 while leading all pitchers with 293 strikeouts and an earned run average of 0.83. In 1945 she hurled two no-hitters, both within a 17-day period, and collected 17 shutouts.
In the summer of 1948, she pitched until she was four months pregnant. She did not play in 1949 to rear her first child, and retired at just 27 years old after playing her final season in 1950 so she could raise a family.
- Goldstein, Richard (August 15, 2008). Dottie Collins, 84, Star Pitcher of Women’s Baseball League, Dies. The New York Times
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