Sunday, April 5, 2009

Alice "Lefty" Hohlmayer

From the Examiner:
"She collected a hit off of the legendary Satchel Paige. She's traveled to Japan with Joe DiMaggio and dined with Penny Marshall. Ohio State University calls her one of the finest and most versatile athletes to ever play for the Buckeyes.

At $800 a season, she was the highest paid rookie to ever come through the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, memorialized in the 1992 film "A League of Their Own."

The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League emerged in the spring of 1943 after World War II had forced most minor league teams into obscurity and taken many quality players away from the major league clubs.

The league was three seasons into its existence before Hohlmayer even heard of it. While at Ohio State, she played nearly every club sport the Buckeyes offered - soccer, field hockey, badminton, archery, volleyball, basketball and softball.

It was at a national softball tournament in Cleveland in 1945 that Hohlmayer's athletic career took an unexpected turn."

Web Links
All American Girls Baseball League - wikipedia
A League of Their Own - wikipedia

1 comment:

Mary said...

Lefty is my hero and I am lucky to have her as my friend. Mary E. Grace