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Rita Briggs, Audrey Bleiler, Jaynne Bittner, Joan Holderness, Anges Allen, Pat Barringer

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What's a green box and why is it so famous? Well, just like a baseball dugout, that's where the stories are told. The "Green Box" appeared on the Baseball Historian web site during our inception back in 1999 and has been holding kangaroo court ever since. Enjoy the stories...

Well-Regarded Women Baseball Stalwarts - 1950s
Recalling popular players of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League of the 1950s


* Rita Briggs, Peoria Redwings & Fort Wayne Daises Catcher, Right-handed - one of the leading catchers in the history of women baseball, she debuted in the AAGPBL at age 18 with Rockford (Illinois) back in 1947 and batted .215, including one home run... played eight years in the women baseball league - 1947-1954. Regarded as have the most powerful and accurate throwing arm, Maude Briggs assisted in 8 double plays in 1953, was picked for as an All-Star that season, and played a big role in Fort Wayne winning two straight Championships - 1953-1954.

* Audrey Bleiler, Sound Bend Blue Sox Third Baseman and Shortstop, Right-handed - a noted defensive fielder, she helped the South Bend Team of Indiana win the AAGBL Championship in 1951. In 64 games that year, she made just 11 errors, and, batting-wise lined 3 doubles, 3 triples, scored 22 runs, 21 RBIs while batting a solid .202... Audie Bleiler - South Bend 1950-1952, Born in Philadelphia

* Jaynne Bittner, Grand Rapids & Fort Wayne Pitcher, Right-handed - one of the top all-around women athletes In this era, she was used mainly as a starting pitcher during her tenure in the AAGBL, won 42 games from 1951 thru 1953 and rang up a total of 65 career games with various League teams from 1948-1954... the good-looking, lanky, 5-ft, 9-inch, 140-pounder posted a solid 3.44 lifetime earned run average in over 1,000 innings in the AAGPBL.

* Joan Holderness, Kenosha Comets Outfielder/Infielder, RH - born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin, she was one of the youngest women in the AAGPBL... she started out as the Comets bat girl in 1947 at age 15, and then made the squad in '49 after one minor league season. In 1950 in 62 games with Kenosha and Grand Rapids combined, Holderness batted .149, had a double, a triple and stole 3 bases. Joan Holderness - Kenosha 1949-50; Grand Rapids 1950-51; Battle Creek 1951.

* Agnes Allen, Springfield Sallies & Kalamazoo Sallies Pitcher/Outfielder, Right-handed - an immediate success, she broke into the womens baseball league on tour as a 20-year old back in 1950, with a winning pitching record - 9 wins 5 loses. A good hitter, she also played in the outfield in games she wasn't pitching. Played for Kalamazoo from 1951-53, and after leaving the league, became a Registered Therapist.

* Pat Barringer, Chicago Colleens & Battle Creek Belles Second Base & Chaperone, RH - played one season as an infielder in womens league, before taking the position of chaperone - a job that included monitor and advising on the conduct of the ladies of baseball... Patricia Barringer - born in Carlisle, Ohio on 9/14/1924.

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