|The Rockford Peaches fought off rivals Fort Wayne and Grand Rapids during the regular season and then beat Fort Wayne in the 1945 Playoffs to win its first of four AAGPBL Championships. |
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* Audrey Wagner, a young star, just 15-years-old in '43, she captured the attention of fans of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League while playing with the Kenosha Comets and batted a respectable .230 in her rookie season. . By the time she graduated from high school in 1946, Wagner hit a solid .281.
* Dottie Wiltse, Pitcher - won 20 or more games in four straight seasons... her sterling pitching performance in 1945 helped the Fort Wayne Daises post a 62-47 record, good for a second place finish in the AAGBL. She compiled a 29-10 WL record, including a record setting 17 shutouts... in the spring of '46, she married fan Harvey Collins, and then played under the name of Dottie Collins.
1945 Final Standings:
Rockford Peaches 67-43... Fort Wayne Daises 62-47 - 4.5 GB... Grand Rapids Chicks 60-50, 7GB... Racine Belles 50-60, 17GB... South Bend Blue Sox 49-60, 17.5GB... Kenosha Comets 41-69, 26GB...
1945 AAGPBL Playoff Champion: Rockford Peaches
* Connie Wisniewski, legendary Grand Rapids pitcher - used her fastball, and hard breaking curveball to stifle opponents... A great control pitcher, her strong suit was the ability to hit the outer corners of home plate. Named 1945 Player of the Year by going 32-11 WL with a miserly 0.81 ERA, and, led the league of women in winning percentage for the first of three consecutive seasons - 1945-47.
* Helen Callaghan, Fort Wayne Daises - an excellent leadoff hitter, she finished second in the league in batting with .299, including a career-best 17 doubles in '45... played just four seasons but still is fondly remembered by fans of this era. She drew 221 career-walks, struck out only 161 times, had 35 career-doubles, 15 triples, and 7 homers and stole a phenomenal 354 bases in just 388 game.
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