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Catcher and Infielder - South Bend Blue Sox 1943-1950; Kalamazoo Lassies 1950, 1952 - All American Girls Professional Baseball League

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Defensively and offensively Mary ‘Bonnie’ Baker was one of the top backstops in the history of the women's baseball. A two-time All-Star, 1943 and 1946, she holds the AAGBL record for the most games caught with 930. In 1946 she hit a solid .286 and stole 94 bases. A model in the off-season Bonnie Baker was often selected to pose for advertising media photos. And, although her glamorous looks brought fans to the games, Baker and her teammates all-around play kept them coming back. In mid-1950 she was traded to the last place Kalamazoo Lassies to be a player and manager

In 1943 Mary Baker joined the South Bend Blue Sox while her husband was fighting overseas during World War II. She missed the entire '51 year to give birth to a baby, then, returned to play one last season.

Bonnie Baker photo courtsey of Google cache


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