Gertrude Ganote

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Gertrude Ganote
Gertrude Ganote.jpg
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
First base / Pitcher
Born: (1920-02-17)February 17, 1920
Louisville, Kentucky
Died: February 17, 2006(2006-02-17) (aged 86)
Louisville, Kentucky
Batted: Left Threw: Left
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • Best season fielding average at first base (1944)
  • Post season appearance (1944)
  • Women in Baseball – AAGPBL Permanent Display
    at Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (1988)

Gertrude Ganote [Weise] (February 17, 1920 – February 17, 2006) was an infielder and pitcher who played from 1944 through 1945 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Listed at 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m), 134 lb, Ganote batted and threw left-handed. She was nicknamed "Lefty".[1][2]

During her two years in the AAGPBL, Gertrude Ganote played excellent defense at first base and led the circuit in fielding average at her position in 1944. As a batter, she displayed ability to get on base, ran the bases well, and consistently hit line drives. In addition, she served as starter and long reliever when not playing at first base.[3]

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Ganote played softball in the local Girls Athletic Association (GAA) during her high school years. She learned her baseball skills from her father, who was a professional ballplayer.[4]

After graduating from Louisville Girls High School, Ganote worked in a printing company. In 1944, she decided to drive from Louisville to Wrigley Field in Chicago to attend a tryout for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. She was joined in the trip by fellow pitcher Anna Mae Hutchison, who also played with her for the Camera Corner Louisville championship team. Both girls made the final cut. Ganote was assigned to the Kenosha Comets, while Hutchison was allocated to the Racine Belles.[5][6][7]

Ganote had some trouble making contact with the bat in her rookie season, as she led the league in most strikeouts (60). She batted a low .133 average, but collected a .229 on-base percentage and stole 24 bases, while posting a pitching record of 4–6 with a solid 3.26 ERA. But none of that really mattered, as she committed only 10 errors in 847 fielding chances at first base for a .988 fielding average to set a league single-season record. Her record remained intact until 1949, when Rockford Peaches' Dorothy Kamenshek set an all-time record with a .995 mark.[8]

Kenosha won the first half of the season and faced the second-half winning Milwaukee Chicks in the 1944 Scholarship Series. The series went to the limit of seven games and Milwaukee clinched the championship, four to three. Ganote played in all seven games and hit .241 (7-for-29) with two runs and one RBI.[8]

Ganote opened 1945 with the South Bend Blue Sox. She hit .192 in 82 games, and went 2–2 with a 4.42 ERA in 10 pitching appearances.[8][9]

In 1946 Ganote remained at home to marry Edward Weise. The couple had a girl, Linda. She managed to fit in housework while working at Walgreens for 29 years.[5][10]

Gertrude Ganote Weise 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 in 1988 to honor the entire All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

She died in her homeland of Louisville, Kentucky on her 86th birthday.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Batting
GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB TB BB SO BA OBP SLG
178 625 61 100 8 10 0 30 33 128 66 92 .160 .240 .205
Pitching
GP W L W-L% ERA IP H RA ER BB SO HBP WP WHIP
22 6 8 .429 3.69 144 123 76 59 80 20 3 6 1.41
Fielding
GP PO A E TC DP FA
186 1536 27 31 1594 29 .981

[1][8]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "All-American Girls Professional Baseball League official website – Gertrude Ganote profile". 
  2. ^ The Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League: A Biographical DictionaryW.C. Madden. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2005. Format: Softcover, 295 pp. ISBN 978-0-7864-2263-0
  3. ^ All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record BookW.C. Madden. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2000. Format: Hardcover, 294pp. ISBN 0-7864-0597-X
  4. ^ Encyclopedia of Women and Baseball – Leslie A. Heaphy, Mel Anthony May. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2006. Format: Softcover, 438pp. ISBN 0-7864-2100-2
  5. ^ a b Encyclopedia of Women and Baseball
  6. ^ 1944 Kenosha Comets
  7. ^ 1944 Racine Belles
  8. ^ a b c d All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record Book
  9. ^ 1945 South Bend Blue Sox Archived March 29, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ The Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League