Previous editions:

May 27 HERE

May 28 HERE

May 30 HERE


Let’s take a look at what happened in the world of college baseball. First of all, they college games are starting up again on June 1st with the D1 and D2 World Series each taking place while the summer league are almost completely started.

The Texas Collegiate League started up and the Baton Rouge Bougarou defeated Lake Charles Gumbeaux Gators 1-0. In the game , the Bougarou were led by second baseman Mason Ruiz with two hits. He is a sophomore from Grayson College. Cayden Schmidt a freshman from Hill College fanned three in 1.2 IP for the winners. For the Gators.

In other action, the Sequin River Monsters were 5-3 winners over the Victoria Generals. Erik Janner had two hits including a triple and two runs batter in for the freshman from UTRGV. The Generals saw Dalton Mullins and Riley Bender lead the offense.

In the Prospects League, the Worcester Bravehearts scored 4 in the 7th, 1 in the 8th and 2 in the ninth to defeat the New Britain Bees. Right fielder Matt Millone, senior from SUNY Maritime led the offense with 3 hits including a home run and a double with 3 RBI’s.

The Bees saw Kyle Carlson get two hits and two runs batted in s the team dropped to 1-4 on the young season

On May 31st, the Valley League Baseball will have their opening day.

D1 and D2 baseball each open up their World Series run in Omaha and Cary respectively.

On June 1st, I will be giving my predictions for the first round of the MLB draft!

-sorry I missed a post yesterday but a family issue took priority-



Prospect League games can be watched on FUBO and the Northwoods League televise their contests on ESPN PLUS. Not always the best announcing in them but it is baseball to watch.

In action yesterday in the Prospect League we have the Clinton LumberKings defeating the Springfield Lucky Horseshoes 9-6. Shortstop Rayth Petersen led Clinton in hitting as he was 4-for 6( including two doubles and a home run)for the evening. He is 5’11” and 185 lbs from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a senior. Cade Turner from Eastern Illinois University pick up the win in relief with two scoreless innings.

Springfield saw three hits from first baseman Tyler Butina who is a freshman at Central Michigan University.Pitcher Logan Rushing gave up three hits and five earned runs in one inning to get handed the loss. Rushing is a lefty sophomore from University of Memphis.


D2 BASEBALL Road to Cary

Championship finals: Saturday, June 1 – Saturday, June 8

Saturday, June 1
Game 1: (4) Pont Loma vs. (5) Indiana (PA), 1:30 p.m.
Game 2: (1) Central Mo. vs. (8) Angelo State, 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 2
Game 3: (3) Catawba vs. (6) Southern N.H., 1:30 p.m.
Game 4: (2) Tampa vs. (7) UIndy, 6 p.m.
Monday, June 3
Game 5: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 1:30 p.m.
Game 6: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, June 4
Game 7: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 1:30 p.m.
Game 8: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, June 5
Game 9: Loser Game 6 vs. Winner Game 5, 1:30 p.m.
Game 10: Loser Game 8 vs. Winner Game 7, 6 p.m.
Thursday, June 6
Game 11: Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 9, 1:30 p.m.
Game 12: Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 10, 6 p.m.
Friday, June 7
Game 13: Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 6, TBA
Game 14: Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 8, TBA
Saturday, June 8
Game 15: Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 14


D1 Baseball Road to Omaha

The Top 10 seeds from the NCAA College World Series are:

The national top 16 seeds are

Tennessee (50-11)

Kentucky (40-14)

Texas A&M (44-13)

North Carolina (42-13)

Arkansas (43-14)

Clemson (41-14)

Georgia (39-15)

Florida St. (42-15)

Oklahoma (37-19)

NC State (33-20), -15).

May 28th, 2024


The Northwoods League opened up with the Wisconsin Rapid Rafters defeating the Fon Du Lac Lake Spiders 8-7. The winning pitcher was Pierce Boles from LSU Eunice as he  is a freshman righthander. The offense was led by sophomore outfielder Quintin Purelli from Elizabethtown College. The right fielder went 2-for-3 with 2 runs batted in with a huge triple in the game.  The losing pitcher of record was lefty Elden Santana from Lawrence University.


In the Western Canadian League openers, the Regina Red Sox edged out Saskatoon Berries 5-4. Carter Beck led the offense with 2 hits in 4 at-bats including a double and a walk. Landon Nunes added on with  2 runs batted in  for the sophomore from Cal.

The Prospect League will open up today  and we will let the readers know what prevailed.

Division 1 SEC tourney- Since nine clubs are moving on to the College World Series, here are the bracket and results from the 2024 tourney:

Wednesday, May 21

Game 1: No. 11 LSU 9, No. 6 Georgia 1
Game 2: No. 10 South Carolina 10, No. 7 Alabama 5
Game 3: No. 8 Vanderbilt 6, No. 9 Florida 3
Game 4: No. 5 Mississippi State 2, No. 12 Ole Miss 1
Wednesday, May 22

Game 5: No. 11 LSU 11, No. 3 Kentucky 0
Game 6: No. 10 South Carolina 6, No. 2 Arkansas 5
Game 7: No. 8 Vanderbilt 13, No. 1 Tennessee 4
Game 8: No. 5 Mississippi State 5, No. 4 Texas A&M 3
Thursday, May 23

Game 9: No. 3 Kentucky 9, No. 2 Arkansas 6
Game 10: No. 1 Tennessee 7, No. 4 Texas A&M 4
Game 11: No. 11 LSU 11, No. 10 South Carolina 10
Game 12: No. 8 Vanderbilt 4, No. 5 Mississippi State 3
Friday, May 24

Game 13: No. 10 South Carolina 6, No. 3 Kentucky 5
Game 14: No. 1 Tennessee 6, No. 5 Mississippi State 5
Saturday, May 25

Game 15: No. 11 LSU 12, No. 10 South Carolina 11
Game 16: No. 1 Tennessee 6, No. 8 Vanderbilt 4


After all or most of the leagues open, we will be mainly covering the Florida League, the Cape Cod League and the Hampton League.


Welcome to College Baseball Now! This will be an almost daily report on the happenings in collegiate baseball. I will be giving the latest information of the D1 and D2 NCAA baseball news along with a dose of over twenty summer collegiate leagues around the country. Strap in and let’s go!

There are nearly twenty leagues that I will cover (not each one every day) but some of the latest results and who is getting it done this summer.

Collegiate Baseball Leagues

Atlantic- started May 23
Cape Cod- June 13
Hampton – June 13
California CBL- June 6
Cal Ripken CBL- June 1
Futures Leagues – started May 24
Florida CBL- May 30
Great Lakes- June 4
Jayhawk League –
Northwoods- May 27
NY CBL – June 6
Perfect Game- May 30
Prospect- May 29
Southern CBL- May 30
Florida CBL- June 1
South Florida League- June 1
Texas CBL- May 30
Valley League – May 31
Western Canadian- May 27

From Last Night– In the Ten Team Atlantic League, the High Point Dirty Birds split a doubleheader as Delino DeShields, Jr. hit his first home run of the summer for a 6-0 win over Charleston. In the nightcap, Rusber Estrada stroked his 9th long ball as the catcher from Gascara, Venezuela leads the league.
Also, right handed hurler Hayden Mutz, a senior from AIC, fanned five and tossed 6 innings for the Vermont Lake Monsters to secure the win.

Summer League action returns tomorrow with openers in the Northwoods and Western Canadian Leagues.

Division 2 NCAA Tournament-

This tourney will run June 1-8 in Cary, North Carolina at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. Here is the bracket for that event.

Saturday, June 1
Game 1: (4) Point Loma vs. (5) Indiana (PA), 1:30 p.m.
Game 2: (1) Central Mo. vs. (8) Angelo State, 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 2
Game 3: (3) Catawba vs. (6) Southern N.H., 1:30 p.m.
Game 4: (2) Tampa vs. (7) UIndy, 6 p.m.
Monday, June 3
Game 5: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 1:30 p.m.
Game 6: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, June 4
Game 7: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 1:30 p.m.
Game 8: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, June 5
Game 9: Loser Game 6 vs. Winner Game 5, 1:30 p.m.
Game 10: Loser Game 8 vs. Winner Game 7, 6 p.m.
Thursday, June 6
Game 11: Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 9, 1:30 p.m.
Game 12: Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 10, 6 p.m.
Friday, June 7
Game 13: Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 6, TBA
Game 14: Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 8, TBA
Saturday, June 8
Game 15: Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 14

D1 NCAA tournament
This College World Series is being held in Omaha, Nebraska
The selection for the Field of 64 is Monday, May 27th

Selection show: Monday, May 27 at noon ET | ESPN2/ESPNU
Regionals: Friday-Monday, May 31-June 3
Super regionals: Friday-Sunday, June 7-9 or Saturday-Monday, June 8-10
First day of MCWS games: Start Friday, June 14
MCWS finals: Saturday-Monday, June 22-23-24

Look for more tomorrow……

A Few BIOS of Stars of Yesteryear in Baseball

These stars of the 19th century of baseball are almost forgotten. But not quite as
I have selected a dozen to highlight that were on top of their game. In fact, many of these are now in the Baseball Hall of Fame. In no particular order:


John Clarkson – He was born on July 1, 1861 as one of five sons of a jeweler in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He had two brothers, Walter Clarkson and Dad Clarkson that also played in the major leagues.

Clarkson compiled a career 328–178 record, placing him twelfth on the MLB list of all-time wins. Clarkson pitched over 600 innings in a season twice and won a career-high 53 games in 1885. In MLB history, only Charles Radbourne has won more games in a single season (59 in 1884). In just five seasons from 1885 to 1889, Clarkson won 209 games.

Clarkson had a wide variety of curve balls and was considered to be a calculating, scientific pitcher who carefully analyzed every hitter’s weaknesses. Hall of Fame hitter Sam Thompson said of Clarkson: “I faced him in scores of games and I can truthfully say that never in all that time did I get a pitch that came where I expected it or in the way in which I guessed it was coming.”

At the time Clarkson retired from the game, he was the winningest pitcher in National League history.

Aside from being a great pitcher, Clarkson was also a fair hitter. His 24 career home runs ranks 7th on the List of Major League Baseball all-time leaders in home runs by pitchers. He also had 232 career RBIs and 254 runs scored.

Total Baseball ranked Clarkson as the fourth best pitcher of all time behind Hall of Famers Cy Young, Christy Mathewson and Lefty Grove. He was selected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1963 by the Veterans Committee.


Sam Thompson– He was born on March 6, 1860 in Danville, Indiana. He was the fifth of eleven children in the family and he grew up in the town he was born in. After graduating from high school, Sam became a carpenter. He was a big and strong guy that played a bit of local baseball. People were in awe of his size and strength.

A scout came to see “Big Sam’ on a referral. Even though, Sam was working on a roof and not playing baseball, he was offered a contract. He wasn’t sure he wanted to give up a steady job, Thompson went to a scouting camp and was persuaded to play baseball.

Thompson signed with the Indianapolis Hoosiers of the newly formed Western League in 1885. He compiled a .321 average in 30 games with the Hoosiers He was approached by a Union Association team and offered more money, but in a show of “steadfastness to his word”, Thompson refused the offer and remained with Indianapolis at a pay of $100 per month. The Hoosiers were the dominant team in the Western League, compiling an .880 winning percentage.

MLB statistics
Batting average .331
Home runs 126
Runs batted in 1,308
He played as a right fielder in Major League Baseball for the Detroit Wolverines (1885–1888), Philadelphia Phillies (1889–1898) and Detroit Tigers (1906). He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.

Thompson had a .331 career batting average and was one of the most prolific run producers in baseball history. His career run batted in (RBI) to games played ratio of .923 (1,305 RBIs in 1,410 games) remains the highest in major league history. In 1895, Thompson averaged 1.44 RBIs per game, and his 166 RBIs in 1887 (in only 127 games) remained the major league record until 1921 when Babe Ruth collected 168 (albeit in 152 games). Thompson still holds the major league record for most RBIs in a single month with 61 in August 1894 while playing for the Phillies. Manager Bill Watkins in 1922 called Thompson “the greatest natural hitter of all time.”

In 1974, he was selected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.


Deacon McGuire

James Thomas “Deacon” McGuire was born in Youngstown, Ohio on November 18, 1863  and died at Duck Lake on  October 31, 1936 at the age of 72. Deacon was an American professional baseball player, manager and coach whose career spanned the years 1883 to 1915. He played 26 seasons in Major League Baseball, principally as a catcher, for 11 different major league clubs. His longest stretches were with the Washington Statesmen/Senators (901 games, 1892–99), Brooklyn Superbas (202 games, 1899–1901) and New York Highlanders (225 games, 1904–07). He played on Brooklyn teams that won National League pennants in 1899 and 1900.

McGuire was the most durable catcher of his era, setting major league catching records for most career games caught (1,612), putouts (6,856), assists (1,860), double plays turned (143), runners caught stealing (1,459), and stolen bases allowed (2,529). His assist, caught stealing, and stolen bases allowed totals ue record 133 games and compiled a .336 batting average with 10 home runs, 97 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.

McGuire was also the manager of the Washington Senators (1898), Boston Red Sox (1907–08) and Cleveland Indians (1909–11). He compiled a 210–287 (.423) as a major league manager.


Chub Collins– Born as Charles Augustus “Chub” Collins  on October 12, 1857 in Cnada. He died on  May 20, 1914 was a Canadian professional baseball player and politician. He played two seasons in Major League Baseball from 1884 to 1885 as a second baseman and shortstop for the Buffalo Bisons, Indianapolis Hoosiers, and Detroit Wolverines. He later served as the mayor of Dundas, Ontario, from 1901 to 1902.

Collins compiled a .182 batting average and .901 fielding percentage in his major league career. In its obituary of Collins, Sporting Life wrote: “Charles ‘Chub’ Collins was a brainy ball player, a mediocre hitter, and one of the fastest base runners in America.”

Collins also played and managed in baseball’s minor leagues from 1885 to 1890 and 1896 to 1900, including stints with the International League and Canadian League teams in Hamilton, Ontario (1885-1887, 1897-1900), Rochester, New York (1888-1889), and Galt, Ontario (1896). He stole 45 bases in 1886, 85 bases in 1888, and 81 bases in 1889. His 1898 Hamilton team won the league championship “with one of the strongest minor league aggregations ever seen In Hamilton.” He also served as an umpire in the Western Association in 1891.








Brilliant and Fantastic. I am a solid baseball fan and fairly well versed in college baseball. I knew of Ron Fraser but that story just blew me away. That is the first words I think of in reading the book by David Brauer. It is a well researched book with plenty of stories about the life of and experience of Ron Fraser, former Head Baseball coach at Miami University.

Fraser was an innovator and an excellent motivator along with a top promotions person. When Fraser was hired at Miami with his experience being as the Head Coach of the Dutch National Team. The field was full of rocks, the team was bad, so bad they University was considering dropping the program but they hired Ron Fraser to take over the helm. He was basically in shock when he arrived to find a poor diamond, no scoreboard, no lights and most importantly no fan base.

Fraser became the PT Barnum of college baseball. He was always thinking of ways to advance the program. I a few years, he was the first to use bat girls, which were called Sugarcanes. He took pride in keeping them knowledgeable and dressed and manicured well. He wanted to reach families.
He had the first hat night in baseball. The list of his promotions is many. The book will get you in touch with many more.

Fraser made connections in the city that helped him put in lights and a scoreboard. That connection stayed with him throughout his time in Miami. The people and media began to take notice as this was now the place to be seen at in the Miami sports scene.

With this came media notice with games on the radio and later televised the Hurricanes games. This was not done anywhere else. A priority of Ron Fraser was family entertainment. He centered his promotions around getting the families to the games. He stated if the restrooms were clean, the food was good and the ballpark and the kids were having fun, then the moms would approve of their  kids attending the games.

This is one of the best books I have read in many years. It is informative and delightful for this Central Illinois baseball fan. I have new respect for Hurricanes baseball.

I would like to thank the University of Nebraska Press for send the book to me in exchange for a fair and honest review.


The Author:

David Brauer is a communications, public relations, and marketing professional with more than two decades in the sports industry. His experience includes leadership in the NCAA Division 1 athletics and summer Collegiate baseball. A former college publicist at two Division 1 schools. he is a longtime college baseball aficionado and twenty plus year College World Series season ticket holder. He is a University of Illinois graduate, who currently lives in Mahomet, Illinois. with his wife and two children.

The 15 week season is complete. It is now time for the postseason to get underway.  In a day or two the brackets will be filled and the tourneys shall begin. Here is Tom’s Top 25 after the completion of the 2024 season.


1- Tennessee 46-10

2. Texas A&M 44-11

3. Kentucky 39-12

4. Clemson 40-13

5. Arkansas- 43-13

6. Oregon State 41-13

7. UNC       41-12

8. Florida State 39-13

0. Oklahoma 34-18

10. East Carolina    40-13

11. Georgia 39-14

12. UCSB      39-12

13. UC Irvine   41-11

14. Virginia     43-11

15. Miss State    36-19

16. NC State   32-19

17. Oklahoma State   36-16

18. Duke      39-18

19. Arizona    33-20

20. Wake Forest   36-19

21 Indiana State   36-16

22. Louisiana    40-16

23. Texas   38-20

24. Oregon    37-16

25. Southern Miss    37-18



Very soon I will post information on the postseason. Thanks for reading!




Looking Back: Women And Baseball

This series is something I have been wanting to do for a long time. As a baseball history enthusiast, it dawned on me that it wasn’t complete without adding in the contributions the women made into baseball. It certainly is noteworthy that they added to and continued the love of the game during World War II as shown in movies.
There are many very good books written on this subject and I recommend you find a few and give them a good read. This listing of bios is not done in any order of abilities. It is just random players and what they accomplished in the great game of baseball.

Shirley Burkovich- She was born on February 4, 1934 in Pittsburgh but grew up and spent her childhood in Swissvale, PA. It was here she began to play baseball with the boys in the neighborhood. Organized sports came much later. In her high school years, she played field hockey and basketball,
She went to Pittsburgh at the age of 16 for tryouts to play in the AAGPB for tryouts but needed the permission of her parents and the school since it was still in session which she got from both. She made the cut and played for three teams from 1949-1951 which were the Chicago Colleens, Springfield Sallies and the Rockford Peaches. She had a .375 on-base percentage and hit .229 from the plate in 37 games. She was a pitcher and had three relief appearances with no decisions.
After her playing days, she actively championed the AAGPBL and was part of the film A League of Their Own and was a Board member of the AAGPBL. Shirley passed on March 31, 2022 at the age of 89.

Gertrude Dunn- Born on September 30, 1933,in Sharon Hill, PA. She moved straight from high school in 1951 to the AAGLBP. She played for two teams which were the Battle Creek Belles and the South Bend Blue sox. In 1952, She was named Rookie of the Year. She finished with a .261 batting average in 320 games as the women’s leagues were beginning to disband. As that was happening, when joined an All-American All Star team to travel the nation. She played with many of the great players in women’s baseball on this team. This team played over 100 games and traveled over 10,000 miles in a Ford Station Wagon owned by the manager.
She died when her Piper Archer airplane she was co-piloting crashed on September 29, 2004 in Avondale, Pennsylvania. She was 70 years of age.

Joan Berger- She was born on October 9, 1933 in Passaic New Jersey. She was an infielder and outfielder. Although she was only 5’3”, she joined her father’s softball team, the Garfield Flashettes. By the time she was 16, she tried out for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. She was deemed too young to play.
After she graduated from high school, she was accepted and sent to play for the Rockford Peaches. In her first year she played in 40 games in right field and hit .261. She maintained her rookie stair and her second season saw her switch to second base where she was awarded the Rookie of the Year honors and the only rookie to be named to the league All Star team in 1952, the next season she split her time between shortstop and third base and hit .280 for the Peaches.
The league folded and she joined a barnstorming team that played male teams around the country. They played over 200 games and traveled over 10,000 miles in a station wagon. She was part of the AAGPBL permanent display at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum at Cooperstown, New York, opened in 1988, which is dedicated to the entire league rather than any individual player.Joan died on September 11. 2021 at the age of 87.

Jeanie Descombes- was born on March 28, 1935 in Springfield, Ogio. She was 135 lbs n her rookie season, Descombes posted a 0–1 record with a 7.45 earned run average in seven relief appearances and was a member of the Champion Team, even though she did not pitch during the postseason.In her final season of 1954, Descombes collected a 10–9 record and a 5.00 ERA in 22 appearances, tying for eight place in the league for the most wins while ending fifth in strikeouts (63). She also helped herself with the bat, going 7-for-39 for a .179 average and threw and batted left handed for the Grand Rapid Chicks.
Jeanie wrote this:

actually had no pitching participation and had never played organized baseball… I had practiced baseball with our school team all through high school, but of course, they would not let me play in the games. I was also the batgirl for our town team of men and practiced with them and went to all the games. I loved the game and had a strong arm, she recalled in her autobiography

Betty Foss-She began her baseball career as Betty Weaver after getting married. She was born on May 10, 1929 in Metropolis, Illinois. Standing at 5’10” and 180 lbs, she was a switch hitter and threw as a right hander.
Her sisters Jean and Joan all played in the AAGPBL. In 1950, sh was offered a contract wih the Chicago White Sox but opted to play in the women’s league.n the AAGLBP, she won back-to-back batting crowns and was almost in the Top leaders in stolen bases and slugging.Her teammates called her Fossie. She was a speedy outfield and a stellar defensive whiz at first base.
She collected 294 stolen bases and is only one of six players to have hit 30 or more career home runs (32). Her career .963 fielding average as an infielder would have been higher except for her rookie season at third base, when she committed 47 errors in 374 chances. She and her sister Joanne combined for five batting titles.
After her playing days, she moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana where she work until retirement and moved back to her hometown of Metropolis for three years before she died of Lou Gehig’s disease in 1998. Her sister Joanne died of the same disease two years later in 2000.

Mary Froning- she was born on August 26. 1934 in Munster. Ohio. She enjoyed most things outdoors and at age 16 bean playing softball in a local Catholic League as a shortstop. She was spotted by an AAGPBL representative and invited to a tryout.She went to South Bend Indiana with her parents and vied for five spots with 200 girls in the tryouts. Mary was selected and was sent a contract for $50 a month. She stated that her dad, for the first time, realized it was for baseball and not softball.
The Battle Creek team had a dispute with the coach and Froning stayed while the majority quit the team. She now had a regular spot on the team and Froning appeared in a career-high 108 games in 1953, collecting a .108 average and a .295 on-base percentage. She also posted career numbers in runs scored (50) and RBI (26), while her 32 stolen bases ranked for the tenth best in the league.
In 1954 Froning hit .234 with three home runs and 44 RBI, tying for fifth in stolen bases (26), while managing to place second for the most outfield assists (20), being surpassed only by Kalamazoo Lassies’ Jenny Romatowski.
She went on a brainstorming tour where they played men’s teams and traveled many miles. She played with many of the best players to ever play in the AAGPBL.
Mary died in November of 2014 at age 80.

Audrey Haine- was born on May 9, 1927 in Winnipeg Canada. She was one of 47 players in the AAGPBL that hailed from Canada. She was 5’9” and 15 lbs when she decided she began playing. At first, she played for the St. Anthony Brown Bombers in Winnipeg Catholic League.
She was a right handed hitter and pitcher and on several occasions in the 1940’s, she struck out 21 consecutive batters in district play. She had a very good curveball and a rising fastball that she delivered in the sidearm mode. She also had control issues at times. However, he was a winning pitcher four seasons when she also pitched two no hitters and 15 wins or more.
In 1944, she joined the expansion team known as the Minneapolis Millerettes. This team finished 26 and half games out of first place but Haine had some decent numbers . She led the league in ERA at 4.58 and a no-hitter despite only getting eight wins.
In 1945, she suited up for the Fort Wayne Daisies where hings were better, Haine improved in a most positive environment as part of a top three pitching rotation that included Annabelle Lee and Dorothy Wiltse, going 16–10 with a 2.46 ERA in 33 decisions. She finished sixth in the league with a .615 winning percentage and tied for eight in wins. In addition, she hurled her second career no-hitter on June 15, in a rain-shortened, six-inning game.
She continued to play for Grand Rapids, Peoria and the Rockford Peaches. When she retired in 192, she got married and had six children. She was inducted both into the Canadian and the Manitoba Baseball Halls of Fame. She was a longtime resident of Bay Village, Ohio.[
Haine died on September 11, 2021

Katie Horstman- she was born on April 14, 1935 in Minster, Ohio. She was one of six children that played ball all the time as a family. She began playing softball in her hometown for the Catholic Youth Services team at the age of a fifth grader. At age 16, he was asked to tryout for the All-American Girls League of Baseball Players. She was accepted and was assigned to Kenosha comets in 1951. She was 5’7” and 150 lbs and threw right handed. She was traded to the Fort Wayne Comets at midseason and played for them until the league folded in 1954. She had a lifetime .256 batting average and played
She also went 11–5 with 57 strikeouts and a 2.32 ERA in 17 games, being selected for the All-Star Team at third base. The Daisies won the title with a 66–39 mark.
After baseball, In the 1960s, Horstman graduated from Medical Record Librarian School. She later joined the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart religious order for five years, to become the first nun in the United States to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. For the next decade, she taught physical education in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio before returning to her hometown of Minster, where she initiated girls sports programs, including volleyball, gymnastics, basketball, track and field, cross country and softball. By 1980, she focused in coaching on track and cross country. For the next five years, her girls teams never lost a track meet. After being runner-up State Champions in 1975, the inaugural year of girls track and field, her track team won five consecutive state championships (eight overall). She also guided her cross-country running squad to two state championships. Ending up 25 years in Minster, she moved to Los Angeles, California, where she oriented a clinical social work method to the sports area. Katie is living in Palm Desert in a retirement community.

Maxine Kline- was born on September 16,1929 in North Adams, Michigan She grew up in a German home with seven brothers and two sisters and began playing softball at a young age.and was a very good basketball player that led her highschool team to three undefeated seasons. She attended an AAGPBL tryout and earned a contract to play for the fort Wayne Daisies after her high school graduation.
Kline relied on a fastball–changeup combination, mixing in her curveball sparingly. A five-time member of the All-Star Team, she hurled two no-hitters, averaged 17 wins per season with a career-high, league-leading 23 in 1950, and again led all pitchers with 18 wins in 1954, during what turned out to be the AAGPBL’s final season. She ranks third in the All-Time list with a .678 winning percentage and fifth with 116 wins. In three seasons her earned run average dropped below 2.00, for a cumulative 2.05 ERA in 1,518 innings of work.
She joined the Bill Allington All Stars and brainstormed around the country playing against men’s teams. They traveled over 10,000 miles in a station wagon and played up to and over one hundred games per year.


Delores Lee- was born April 21, 1935 in Jersey City. New Jersey. She was 5’6” and 130 lbs and threw and batted with the right hand. She played baseball with her brothers and the other boys in the streets of her neighborhood. Like many youths of her generation, she also played stickball and basketball with the boys before playing competitively at age 12 for the Santora’s Village Boys ballclub. She was discovered while still attending St. Dominic Academy.
in Jersey City. Though her school had no sports for girls, the local area provided a wide range of opportunities through the Catholic Youth Organization leagues.Dee, a ahe was called. Spent five seasons playing for the Flashettes which was managed by Slim Berger, the father of Joan Berger also a player in the AAGLBP.
It was coach Berger that recommended her to go to a tryout where at the age of 16, whe was offered and accepted to play for the Racine Belles, which was managed by ill Allington. After the folding of the league in 1954, she went on a barnstorming tour with the Bill Allington All Stars to play men’s teams all over the county.
She became a police officer in her hometown of Jersey City in 1958 and married twice with one son. She died on May 14, 2024 in New Mexico.

Magdalen Redman- she was born on July 2, 1930 in Waupan, Wisconsin. She stood 5’” and was 150 lbs.She played baseball with the neighborhood boys and never played an organized game until she was seventeen years of age. She received an invitation to a tryout in Florida by a local spout. She was offered to play for the Kenosha comets. Two years later she was traded to the Grand Rapid Chicks where she played from 1950-1954 when the league folded.
Redman enjoyed a solid career during her seven years in the league, being noted by her enthusiastic and great knowledge of the game. In her rookie season she played every fielding position except pitcher. After that she played at infield, mainly at third base, before converting to catcher for the rest of her career. She had a stellar defense, being able to catch low balls and block home plate well, which combined with a strong and secure throwing arm.
After retirement, she received he college degree and taught physical education and high school math.She was an avid golfer and also traveled long distances to teach Bible Studies to adult groups. Mamie died in Oconomowoc on August 22, 2020.

Dottie Schroeder – was born April 11, 1928 in Sadorus, Illinois. She stood 5’7” and was 150lbs. She played shortstop and hot and threw with the right hand. Dottie Schroeder probably received more media attention and signed more autographs than any other All-American. An appropriate symbol of the feminine character of a league which wanted girls to look like women but play ball like men, her pretty portrait adorned the cover of Parade Magazine in August 1948.
Dottie played for the South BandBlue Soc from 1943-1945 and Kenosha Comets for two seasons followed by the Fort Wayne Daisies In 1947-1952 and finished her career with the Kalamazoo Lassies.
She received many awards and accolades in her career such as three time all Star, Her team won championships twice, Dottoe was the all time leader in games played, runs driven in and walks. She was second in hits, and third in home runs. She is part of the Women in Baseball display for the AAGPBL in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Dottie died in 1996 at the age of 68.

Dolly Vanderlip- was born June 4,1937 in Charlotte, North Carolina. She stood 5’8” and was 180 lbs. Dolly Vanderlip [Ozburn] (born June 4, 1937) is a former pitcher who played from 1952 through 1954 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Dolly Vanderlip was one of the youngest players signed by the AAGPBL during its 12-year existence. At first, she attended a tryout for the league in 1950. She was 13 years old, by far one of the youngest girls in the training camp. She signed a contract with the Fort Wayne Daisies the next year, and debuted with the team on June 5, 1952, one day after her 15th birthday, under Jimmie Foxx management.
She played for Fort Wayne and South Bend in her career Her best year was in 2954 when she was turned into a starter for manger Karl Wensch. Lippy as she was known, had 19 starts she finished with an 11–6 record in a high-career 120 innings. Her 2.80 ERA was the second best in the league, being surpassed only by teammate Janet Rumsey, who finished with a 2.13 ERA. Vanderlip also finished fifth in winning percentage (.647), sixth in wins, and tied for third for the most shutouts.
“Lippy ” toured with the famous Bill Allington barnstormers after the league folded.After baseball, she met a man on tour that she married and they had two children but Dolly went to college and received three degrees from three separate universities.


By Tom Knuppel


NOTE: This is the first of two parts to Women and Baseball. ASs you can figure out, I concentrated on the players that toured with Bill Allington and his barnstormers.