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The boys in the stands... would sit there and smile...

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Girls Professional Baseball in the late-1940s and early 1950s reminds us about all that was good in the world after World War II ended... when our country was returning to normalcy

These Girls could play!

Veteran fans rhapsodize about the women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. They probably weren't as athletic as today's women players, but they played fundamental, textbook baseball. Get on base, steal a base or move the runner up, hit to the opposite field, and above all 'don't strike out!'... and play errorless defense.

To the boys in the stands... these gals were their dreams. They were attractive... and could play sports... Oh Yea!

* Senaida 'Shoo Shoo Wirth, a shortstop for the South Bend Blue Sox captured the attention of baseball purists by being the only rookie named to the 1946 AAGPBL All-Star team. She excelled on defense, was a solid hitter and ran the bases like a jackrabbit.

* Maddy English, third baseman for the Racine Belles... collected praise for her all-around play, especially for an accurate, strong throwing arm and for her offensive ability. She was named to the league's first All-Star squad in 1946.

* Betty Foss, Fort Wayne Daises - one of the top hitters in Womens Professional Baseball History, she won two straight AAGPBL batting crowns - with .346 as a rookie in 1950 and then set a new record with a robust .368 in 1951.

* Anna May Hutchison, pitcher for the Racine Belles - she set several league records in 1946, including more low-hit games than any pitcher in the league.

* Jean Faut and Doris Sams - finished first and second in the AAGBL in batting in 1949... Faut hit a league leading .291 and Sams hit .279.

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