Josephine Kabick

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Josephine Kabick
Josephine Kabick.jpg
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Born: (1922-03-27)March 27, 1922
Detroit, Michigan
Died: February 8, 1978(1978-02-08) (aged 55)
Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right
debut
1944
Last appearance
1947
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Josephine Kabick [Jo] (March 27, 1922 – February 8, 1978) was a female pitcher who played from 1944 through 1947 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Listed at 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m), 142 lb., Kabick batted and threw right-handed. She was born in Detroit, Michigan.[1][2]

Kabick entered the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1944 with the expansion Milwaukee Chicks, playing for them one year before joining the Grand Rapids Chicks (1945–46), Kenosha Comets (1946) and Peoria Redwings (1947). In her rookie season she posted a 26–19 record with 81 strikeouts in 45 pitching appearances, while leading the league in victories and innings of work (366).[1][3][4]

In 1944 the Chicks, managed by Max Carey and supported by Kabick, slugger Merle Keagle, and the speedy Alma Ziegler, finished 30–26 in the first half of the year and dominated the second half (40-19) to collect the best overall record (70-45). They then went on to win the Championship Title, beating Kenosha in seven games.[5]

Although the Chicks captured the AAGPBL championship, they had no local financial backing and could not compete with the American Association Milwaukee Brewers. In fact, the Chicks were forced to play all seven games of the series at Kenosha's Lake Front Stadium because the Brewers were using the Borchert Field in Milwaukee. Due to lack of community support and the vaunted skepticism of journalists, the team moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, prior to the 1945 season.[6][7]

But Kabick was unable to repeat her heroics for the 1945 season, while her teammate Connie Wisniewski emerged as one of the most dominant pitchers of the league. After pitching in the two cities, Kabick was dealt to Kenosha during the midseason. She slipped to a combined 16–18 record that year.[1][8][9]

In 1946 Kabick improved to 19–19 with Kenosha, a pretty good performance considering her team finished seventh in the eight-team league with a losing record of 42–70, but then she found herself on the move again. This time Kabick went 13–16 for the fifth-place Peoria Redwings (55-57) in 1947, during what turned out to be her last AAGPBL season.[1][5][10][11]

Kabick died in Florida at the age of 55. Ten years after her death she became part of the AAGPBL permanent display at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum at Cooperstown, New York, opened in 1988, which is dedicated to the entire league rather than any individual player.[1][6]

Pitching statistics[edit]

GP W L W-L% ERA IP H RA ER BB SO WHIP SO/BB
151 74 72 .507 2.33 1213 948 481 314 403 245 1.14 0.61

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Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "All-American Girls Professional Baseball League - Josephine Kabick entry". 
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ 1944 Milwaukee Chicks
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ a b "All-American Girls Professional Baseball League – Yearly standings and league champions". 
  6. ^ a b All-American Girls Professional Baseball League History
  7. ^ The Forgotten Champs: The 1944 Milwaukee Chicks – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Oral History Project - Interview with Alma Ziegler by Kathleen E. Coughlin
  8. ^ 1945 Grand Rapids Chicks
  9. ^ 1945 Kenosha Comets
  10. ^ 1946 Kenosha Comets
  11. ^ 1947 Peoria Redwings
  12. ^ The Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League