Mary Weddle

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Mary Weddle
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Pitcher / Infield/outfield utility
Born: (1934-04-26) April 26, 1934 (age 83)
Woodsfield, Ohio
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • Postseason appearance (1954)
  • Women in Baseball – AAGPBL Permanent Display
    at Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (1988)

Mary Weddle [Hines] (born April 26, 1934) is a former pitcher and utility infielder/outfielder who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League during the 1954 season. Listed at 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m), 118 lb, she batted and threw right-handed.[1]

Nicknamed ״Giggles״, Mary Weddle proved to be a valuable utility and spot starter during what turned out to be the AAGPBL final season, adding depth at both shortstop and outfield and pitching a complete-game one-hitter.[2]

Born in Woodsfield, Ohio, Weddle grew up in a farm and came from a large family of ten brothers and four sisters that had its own baseball team, the Weddle Auctioners, while her father was a semi-professional pitcher. Weddle played shortstop for a boys baseball team in junior high, but she was not allowed to play with them in high school. She then joined a VFW softball team. She also played softball for the A-1 Queens in Phoenix, Arizona in 1953, before entering the AAGPBL with the Fort Wayne Daisies in 1954.[3][4]

Weddle posted a 3–1 record and a 3.83 earned run average in 15 pitching appearances, while hitting a .216 average with a .323 on-base percentage in 76 games. The Daisies, with Bill Allington at the helm, clinched the regular season title and defeated the Grand Rapids in the best-of-three first round, but lost to the Kalamazoo Lassies in the final round, three games to two. She went 5-for-24 for a .208 average in six playoff games, including one stolen base and five runs scored.[5]

Weddle married Lewis Hines in 1955, and had three children and five grandchildren. She later played softball for more than thirty years and coached softball at high school and middle school for nine years.[2]

She is part of Women in Baseball, a permanent display at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum at Cooperstown, New York unveiled in 1988, which is dedicated to the entire All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Career statistics[edit]

Pitching

GP W L W-L% ERA IP H RA ER BB SO WHIP
15 3 1 .750 3.83 47 23 30 20 60 21 1.77

Batting

GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB TB BB SO BA OBP SLG
76 241 38 52 6 2 2 21 5 68 38 37 .216 .323 .282

Collective fielding

GP PO A E TC DP FA
76 53 87 21 161 11 .130

[1][6]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b "All-American Girls Professional Baseball League official website – Mary Weddle profile". 
  2. ^ a b "The Diamond Angle – AAGPBL interview with Mary Weddle". 
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ 1954 Fort Wayne Daisies
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ The Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League