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One of the top pitchers in the history of women baseball players, she used her fastball to stymie opponents in the AAGPBL and once hurled 46 straight scoreless innings

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Pitcher – Fort Wayne Daisies 1946; South Bend Blue Sox 1947-1950; Peoria Red Wings 1950; Kalamazoo 1950-1953 Called by many historians as the ‘Queen of the Pitchers’ Ruth Williams posted an amazing 2.19 career earned run average during his 7-year tenure in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. And, she holds the League’s record for overhand pitching with 46 consecutive scoreless innings. One of the League’s workhorses, Ruth Williams once hooked up in a 16-inning pitching duel with Jean Faut of the South Bend Blue Sox, in which Ruth Williams, pitching for Peoria, lost 1-0. Williams, who started playing softball on an adult church team at age 12, joined the West New York Traders prior to trying out for the womens baseball league in early 1946. She was one of two players chosen from over 200 who tried out.

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