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The Kalamazoo Lassies were a team who played from 1950 through 1954 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The team represented Kalamazoo, Michigan. Home games were initially played at Lindstrom Field, but later games were played at the Catholic Athletic Association Field, now the Soisson-Rapacz field. Kalamazoo uniforms were white (home) and gold (away) with dark green numbers, belt, socks, and cap.

History[edit]

In 1950 the AAGPBL was losing money and fans, and the teams and host cities were changing almost every year. This was a good thing for Kalamazoo as the city was granted the Muskegon Lassies team on a trial basis when the city of Muskegon could no longer support them. The move took place in the middle of the season and the new Kalamazoo Lassies played their first game, still in their Muskegon uniforms, on 15 June 1950 at Lindstrom Field. About 1,400 fans attended the game, which was won by the defending league champion Rockford Peaches, 8–2. The new Lassies posted their first victory the next night, a 10–2 rout of Rockford led by pitcher Doris Sams and player-manager Bonnie Baker. The Lassies combined for a 36-73 record that year and finished in the cellar.

The Lassies ended 1951 with a mark of 33 wins, 75 losses and two ties, but moved up one spot in the final standings. In 1952, the team finished fifth of six teams with a 49-60 record, their best yet. Kalamazoo improved in 1953, ending third at 59-50-2 and reaching the playoffs for the first time. After dropping the opener to the first-place Fort Wayne Daisies, Kalamazoo won 2–1 and 5–3 as Jean Lovell got a couple big hits. But the Lassies lost both games in the finals to the Grand Rapids Chicks.

In the 1954 season, the Lassies posted a 48-49-1 record and finished fourth of five teams, earning the right to go to the playoffs. In the first round, the team disposed of the South Bend Blue Sox in three games and faced the Fort Wayne Daisies for the Championship Title.

1954 Championship Title[edit]

      1954 Kalamazoo Lassies Champion Team
Back, L-R: Barbara Liebrich (chaperone), Nancy Warren (P), Carol Habben (OF/C), Mary Taylor (OF), Dorothy Schroeder (SS), Kay Blumetta (P/1B), Gloria Cordes (P), Chris Ballingall (C), Jean Marlowe (P/OF), Jane Stoll (OF), Mitch Skupien (manager). Middle, L-R: Jenny Romatowski (C/3B), June Peppas (P/1B), Elaine Roth (P/OF), Nancy Mudge (2B), Fern Shollenberger (3B), Jean Lovell (C/P). Front: Judy [?] (bat girl).

In Game 1 of the AAGPBL Series, Kalamazoo defeated Fort Wayne 17-9 behind a four-hit, seven strong innings from June Peppas, who also helped herself by hitting 2-for-4, including one home run. Her teammates Carol Habben and Fern Shollenberger also slugged one each, and Chris Ballingall belted a grand slam. Pitching star Maxine Kline, who had posted an 18-7 record with 3.23 ERA for the Daisies during the regular season, gave up 11 runs in six innings and was credited with the loss. Katie Horstman connected two home runs for the Daisies in a lost cause, and her teammate Joanne Weaver slugged one.

The Daisies bounced back in Game 2, hitting five home runs against the Lassies to win, 11–4. Horstman started the feat with a two-run home run to open the score in the first inning. In the rest of the game, Betty Weaver Foss added two homers and drove in five runs, while her sister Joanne and In Game 4, starter Gloria Cordes helped Kalamazoo to tie the series, pitching a complete game victory over the Daisies, 6–5. Habben drove in two runs who marked the difference, while Kline suffered her second loss of the Series.

In decisive Game 5, Peppas pitched a clutch complete game and went 3-for-5 with an RBI against her former Daisies team, winning by an 8–5 margin to gave the Lassies the Championship title in the AAGPBL's last ever game. She received support from Mary Taylor (5-for-5), Balingall (3-for-4) and Schroeder, who drove in the winning run in the bottom of the eight. Peppas finished with a .450 average in the Series and collected two of the three Lassies victories, to become the winning pitcher of the last game in the league's history.

All-time roster[edit]

Bold denotes members of the inaugural roster

Managers[edit]

* Mary Baker 1950
* Source not Available   1951
* Mitch Skupien 1952
1953
1954

Sources[edit]


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29 news items

Madison.com

Madison.com
Sun, 07 Dec 2014 03:33:44 -0800

Part of the deal was a 10 p.m. curfew on road trips, which is why O'Meara and her teammates enjoyed road games against the Kalamazoo Lassies. Karl Winsch, the manager of the Blue Sox, planted himself in the hotel lobby, to make sure his players stayed ...

St. Cloud Times

St. Cloud Times
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:32:06 -0700

Havlish had her first AAGPBL tryout with the Kalamazoo Lassies in 1951, at age 15. She tried out again the following year with Fort Wayne, and she became the Daisies' starting shortstop in 1953 at age 17. She turns 79 on Nov. 23, but Havlish still ...
 
Galesburg Register-Mail
Tue, 24 Jun 2014 04:46:55 -0700

It's likely that many of our readers remember watching the 1992 sports movie (“A League of Their Own”) starring Tom Hanks that depicted the story of the former All-American Girls Professional Baseball League which barnstormed the country from 1943 ...
 
Washington Post
Thu, 12 Jul 2012 07:11:54 -0700

Doris “Sammye” Sams, one of the best all-around athletes in the women's baseball league that kept the American pastime alive during World War II and later inspired the film “A League of Their Own,” died June 28 at a nursing home in Knoxville, Tenn.
 
MLive.com
Tue, 05 Feb 2013 18:26:15 -0800

The gender-bias is exemplified by a clip from a Mel Allen Sports Show that featured the Kalamazoo Lassies in 1954 and showed Stevenson in action with a voiceover that said the women's baselines were 18 feet shorter because “girls run slower than men ...
 
Chicago Tribune
Mon, 02 Jul 2012 20:11:15 -0700

Sams pitched and played the outfield for the Muskegon Lassies and the Kalamazoo Lassies from 1946 to 1953, in what was largely a Midwestern league. She won the league's player of the year award in 1947 after pitching a perfect game. In typical fashion ...
 
MLive.com
Thu, 31 Jan 2013 04:57:07 -0800

She remained in the league until 1953, having played pitcher and outfielder for the Springfield Sallies, the Kalamazoo Lassies, and the South Bend Blue Sox. Also at the age of 17, Stevenson started her career with the Grand Rapids Chicks, playing ...
 
ESPN
Mon, 02 Jul 2012 16:57:01 -0700

She played for the Muskegon Lassies, later the Kalamazoo Lassies. She made the circuit's honor team in 1947 and from 1949 through 1952. She averaged more than .300 during each of her last four seasons. One sportswriter called her "calm and cool at all ...
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