Johanna Hageman

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Johanna Hageman
Johanna Hageman.jpg
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
First base/Chaperone
Born: (1918-12-17)December 17, 1918
Chicago, Illinois
Died: February 10, 1984(1984-02-10) (aged 65)
Chicago, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • Single season leader in fielding average (1943)
  • Women in Baseball – AAGPBL Permanent Display
    at Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (1988)

Johanna Hageman [Hargraves] (December 17, 1918 – February 10, 1984) was a first base player and chaperone in All-American Girls Professional Baseball League between the 1943 and 1949 seasons. Listed at 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m), 155 lb., she batted and threw right-handed.[1][2]

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Johanna Hageman was one of the sixty original members of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The circuit operated from 1943 through 1954 and started with four teams: the Racine Belles and the Kenosha Comets, both from Wisconsin; the Rockford Peaches from Illinois, and the South Bend Blue Sox from Indiana. League play officially began on May 30, 1943 and each team was made up of fifteen girls.[3]

In the inaugural season, Hageman was the best fielder at first base while playing for the Blue Sox. She compiled a .983 average, after committing only 21 errors in 1,178 fielding chances. She also hit .225 with a .319 on-base percentage and a .295 slugging in 108 games, ending third in the league for the most doubles (10), sixth in runs batted in (45) and tenth in hits (85).[4][5]

In 1944, Hageman batted just .142 in a career-high 116 games, but kept her good defense at first with a .982 mark. The next season she was traded to Kenosha and slumped to .117 in 96 games, even though she posted a .983 fielding average. She went on to play four more seasons with Kenosha from 1946 through 1949.[1][4][6][7]

Hageman died in Chicago, Illinois at the age of 65. Four years after her death, she became part of Women in Baseball, a permanent display at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum at Cooperstown, New York, which was unveiled in 1988 to honor the entire All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.[1][3]

Career statistics[edit]

Batting

GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB TB BB SO BA OBP SLG
320 1011 79 169 14 8 1 82 58 202 128 87 .167 .261 .200

Fielding

GP PO A E TC DP FA
319 3220 94 59 3373 93 .983

[4]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "All-American Girls Professional Baseball League official website – Johanna Hageman profile". 
  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". 
  4. ^ a b c All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record Book
  5. ^ 1943 South Bend Blue Sox
  6. ^ 1944 South Bend Blue Sox
  7. ^ 1945 Kenosha Comets