For a dozen years during the 1940s and 1950s more than 600 women played professional baseball in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
and 77 of them were CATCHERS. Many of the women of the league were superb athletes and had excelled at many sports, particularly softball, before they joined the league.
For the first five years of the league statistics show low hitting marks due to the use of a larger ball and to underhand pitching. Hitting over .300 or knocking a home run were considered quite rare. Many of the early parks had no fences in the outfield and a home run happened only when the ball was hit over the head of the outfielder.
Nevertheless, these gifted athletes provided excitement to a sport during a crucial period in our history. The entire League was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988 rather than any individual player at the request of the AAGPBL. In 1992 the movie, A League of their Own was released which brought their story to the whole country.
For more comprehensive information about the women who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League you can read two books, written by Mr. W.C. Madden and published by McFarland Publishers. (Just click on the icon below).
For information about all of the Catchers of the AAGPBL just click on the
"Complete List" below.