Lucille Colacito

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Lucille Colacito
Lucille Colacito.jpg
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Catcher
Born: (1921-12-27)December 27, 1921
Florence, Colorado
Died: January 30, 1998(1998-01-30) (aged 76)
Adams City, Colorado
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • Women in Baseball – AAGPBL Permanent Display
    at Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (1988)

Lucille Colacito [Appugliese] (December 27, 1921 – January 30, 1998) was a catcher who played from 1944 through 1945 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Listed at 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m), 120 lb, she batted and threw right-handed.[1]

Born in Florence, Colorado, Lucille Colacito had limited experience before joining the league because her high school did not have sports teams. Then she began playing amateur softball in the local area.[2]

After graduating from school in 1943, she received an invitation to attend the next AAGPBL spring training in Peru, Illinois. ״Lou״, as her teammates nicknamed her, played two years with the Kenosha Comets.[3]

Her most productive season came in 1944, when she posted career-numbers in games played (85), average (.179), runs (24) and RBI (22), while tying for eighth in the league for the most doubles (7).[4][5]

After leaving the league, Colacito returned home and played softball for some years. She later continued her activities as a golfer and won several local awards over the years. She and her husband raised a son and two grandchildren.[6]

She form 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 was also elected to the Denver Softball Hall of Fame.[6]

Lucille Colacito died in 1998 in Adams City, Colorado, at the age of 76.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Batting

GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB TB BB SO BA OBP SLG
153 445 37 73 9 0 2 28 42 88 BB 38 50 .164 .230 .198

Fielding

GP PO A E TC DP FA
149 560 65 22 647 9 .966

[1][8]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b "All-American Girls Professional Baseball League official website – Lucille Colacito profile". 
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of Women and Baseball – Leslie A. Heaphy, Mel Anthony May. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2006. Format: Softcover, 438pp. Language: English. ISBN 0-7864-2100-2
  3. ^ 1944 Kenosha Comets
  4. ^ All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record BookW. C. Madden. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2000. Format: Hardcover, 294pp. Language: English. ISBN 0-7864-0597-X
  5. ^ 1945 Kenosha Comets
  6. ^ a b Encyclopedia of Women and Baseball
  7. ^ Ancestry.com – Lucille M. Colacito report
  8. ^ All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record Book