Noella Leduc

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Noella Leduc
Noella Leduc.jpg
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Pitcher / Outfield
Born: (1933-12-23)December 23, 1933
Graniteville, Westford, Massachusetts
Died: August 22, 2014(2014-08-22) (aged 80)
Leonardo, New Jersey
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • All-Star Game winning pitcher (1954)
  • Postseason appearance (1954)
  • Women in Baseball – AAGPBL Permanent Display
    at Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (1988)

Noella Leduc (née Alverson; December 23, 1933 – August 22, 2014) was a pitcher and outfielder who played from 1951 through 1954 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Listed at 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m), 130 lb, Leduc batted and threw right-handed. She was born in Graniteville, Westford, Massachusetts.[1]

Noella Leduc pitched and served as a backup outfielder during the last four years of the league. A member of a champion team, she also was the winning pitcher in the last ever All-Star Game in 1954.

Leduc grew up playing sandlot ball with her neighborhood kids at age five, most of them boys. When she attended high school, she had to play softball, but after school she accustomed to play baseball with the boys again. In 1951, while playing in a boys' team, Leduc was spotted by AAGPBL catcher Rita Briggs. She tried out for Briggs, who recommended her to attend the league's spring training in Peoria, Illinois. ״Pinky״, the nickname Briggs gave her, was assigned to the Peoria Redwings, but she had few chances to play during the season.[2]

In 1952 Leduc joined the Battle Creek Belles. She finished with a 3–4 mark and a 3.11 earned run average in 19 pitching appearances. In the mid of the year, she hurled and won a 14-inning complete game while scoring the winning run after hitting a double. She stayed with the franchise when it moved in 1953 and was renamed the Muskegon Belles. She slipped to a 3–9 record for a team that went 38–67 and finished in last place, 28 games out of contention.[3][4][5]

In her final season, Leduc was selected by the Fort Wayne Daisies. This time, her team gave her plenty of run support, as she went 9–10, tying for fourth in games pitched (24). In addition, the Daisies defeated the All-Star Team that season and she was the winning pitcher. At the end, Fort Wayne repeated the regular season title and won the Grand Rapids Chicks in the first round, but lost to the Kalamazoo Lassies in the best-of-five final round, three games to two. In six postseason games, Leduc batted .238 (5-for-21) and drove in four runs, but she did not pitch in any game.[1][6]

She married George Alverson in 1964. The couple had a daughter, Betsy, and lived in Leonardo, New Jersey.[7]

Pinky 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.

Career statistics[edit]

Pitching

GP W L W-L% ERA IP H RA ER BB SO WP HBP WHIP
67 15 23 .395 4.96 303 331 218 167 146 66 4 10 1.57

Batting

GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP
144 267 33 52 6 0 2 21 4 23 66 .195 .259

Fielding

GP PO A E TC DP FA
129 85 100 5 190 1 .974

[1][6]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "All-American Girls Professional Baseball League official website – Noella (Leduc) Alverson 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. Language: English. ISBN 978-0-7864-2263-0
  3. ^ 1952 Battle Creek Belles Archived June 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record BookW. C. Madden. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2000. Format: Softcover, 294pp. ISBN 978-0-7864-3747-4
  5. ^ 1953 Muskegon Belles
  6. ^ a b All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record Book
  7. ^ The Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League