Eilaine Roth

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Eilaine Roth
Eilaine Roth.jpg
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Outfield
Born: (1929-01-17)January 17, 1929
Michigan City, Indiana
Died: November 1, 2011(2011-11-01) (aged 82)
Springfield, Michigan
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • Postseason appearance (1948)
  • Women in Baseball – AAGPBL Permanent Display
    at Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (1988)

Eilaine Roth [″I″] (January 17, 1929 – November 1, 2011) was an outfielder who played from 1948 through 1951 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Listed at 5' 2", 123 lb., she batted and threw right-handed.[1]

Born in Michigan City, Indiana, Eilaine Roth was the daughter of Herman and Elsie (née Kumnatzke) Roth. Younger than twin sister Elaine by fifteen minutes, Roth spent four years in the league mainly as a right fielder and pinch-hitter, while her sister was a pitcher for seven years. The twins attended Elston High School, graduating in 1946.[2]

The Roth twins joined the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1948 with the Peoria Redwings. They played together for two years as the "dynamic duo" (″E″ and ″I″), because it worked well for promotion, but when the team folded before the 1951 season, Eilaine was relocated to the Kalamazoo Lassies and Ellaine joined the South Bend Blue Sox. In 1953, the sisters came together again in Kalamazoo.[3]

Her most productive season came in 1950, when she posted career numbers in games played (107), hits (78) and stolen bases (64), while hitting a .202 average. Used sparingly in 1954, she hit .251 (52-for-207) in 79 games.[4]

After leaving the league, Roth played slow-pitch softball in a factory league from 1954 to 1957. She later worked 21 years as an inspector for Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan.[5]

Eilaine Roth died in Springfield, Michigan, aged 82, following complications from cancer.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Batting

GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB TB BB SO BA OBP SLG
293 932 116 186 12 7 0 52 100 212 121 57 .200 .292 .227

Collective fielding

GP PO A E TC DP FA
267 356 23 26 405 5 .936

[4]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b "All-American Girls Professional Baseball League official website – Eilaine Roth profile". 
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of Women and Baseball – Leslie A. Heaphy, Mel Anthony May. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2006. Format: Paperback, 438pp. Language: English. ISBN 0-7864-2100-2
  3. ^ The Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League: A Biographical Dictionary – W. C. Madden. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2005. Format: Paperback, 295 pp. Language: English. ISBN 0-7864-3747-2
  4. ^ a b The Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
  5. ^ Encyclopedia of Women and Baseball