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AAGBL Catcher, Right-handed - Minneapolis 1944; Fort Wayne 1945; Grand Rapids 1946-1949

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One of the top backstops in the All-American Girls Baseball League was 5-ft, 5-inch, 128-pounder Ruth Lessing. She played over 100 games four straight seasons - 1945 through 1948 and was selected an All-Star three Consecutive years - 1946-1948. Facing mostly strong, fast-throwing pitching, Ruth Lessing hit career-high's with 10 doubles and batted .215 in 1945, and set career-highs of 22 stolen bases in 1944 and again in 1948. Ruth Lessing holds AAGBL records for most assists for catchers with 144 in 1944, the record for highest fielding average with .982 in '45 and for the most games catching for one season with 125 in '48. In 1949, after -player 44 games, she suffered a career-ending shoulder injury and was forced to retire. Ruth Lessing career stats: .191 BA, 351 hits in 1840 at-bats, 31 Doubles, 8 Triples, 2 HR, 164 Runs, 164 RBIs, 98 Stolen Bases, and walked 204 times while striking out just 184 times. - All-American Girls Baseball League - Women's Professional Baseball

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