Elizabeth Wicken

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Elizabeth Wicken
Betty Berthiaume Wicken.jpg
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Outfielder
Born: (1927-05-26)May 26, 1927
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Died: April 25, 2011(2011-04-25) (aged 83)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Batted: Left Threw: Left
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • Playoff appearance (1945)
  • Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
    AAGPBL permanent display (1988)
  • Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame honorary induction (1998)

Elizabeth Ann Wicken [nee Berthiaume] (May 26, 1927 – April 25, 2011) was a Canadian outfielder who played from 1945 through 1946 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Listed at 5' 2", 115 lb., Wicken batted and threw left handed.[1][2]

Elizabeth was one of the 57 players born in Canada to join the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in its twelve years history. She was born in Regina, Saskatchewan to Emillien and Edith (Evans) Berthiaume, and married her childhood sweetheart, Bill Wicken, after he left the navy at the end of World War II.[3][4]

She entered the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1945 with the Grand Rapids Chicks, playing for them one and a half year before joining the Muskegon Lassies in the 1946 midseason. A good defensive outfielder with a strong throwing arm, she batted a .182 batting average in 117 games and reached the playoffs with Grand Rapids in 1945. In four postseason games, she went 4-for-15 for a .267 average.[5]

Following her baseball career, Elizabeth returned to Canada and worked as a newspaper office manager and a school secretary for many years. Her 60 year loving marriage lasted until Bill's death in 2005. They had one son, Bill Jr., and four grandchildren.[4]

Since 1988 she 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 to honor the entire All-American Girls Professional Baseball League rather than individual baseball personalities. She also gained an honorary induction into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998.[3][6]

Elizabeth Berthiaume Wicken died in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, at the age of 83 years.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Batting

GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP
117 407 32 74 12 5 0 34 26 51 47 .182 .273

Fielding

GP PO A E TC DP FA
117 132 17 7 156 0 .955

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Sources[edit]

  1. ^ All-American Girls Professional Baseball League website – Elizabeth Wicken 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
  3. ^ a b "All-American Girls Professional Baseball League History". Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. 
  4. ^ a b c "Vancouver Sun – Obituary by Carol Sheldon". 
  5. ^ a b All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record Book
  6. ^ Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Inductees Archived March 1, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.