SAMS AND FAUT INDUCTED INTO NATIONAL WOMEN'S BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
Only two players in baseball history were twice selected as AAGPBL Player of the Year; Jean Faut in 1951 and 1953, and Doris Sams in 1947 and 1949. Faut and Sams from 1946-1953 were exceptional pitchers for the South Bend Blue Sox, and Muskegon and Kalamazoo Lassies, respectively. Coincidentally, both received induction into the NWB Hall of Fame this year.
Doris Jane Sams, who played in the AAGPBL for the MuskegonLassies, 1946-1949, and Kalamazoo Lassies, 1950-1953, was awell-recognized pitcher, fielder, and batter in the league;and because of her accomplishments she was recently recommended for 2012 induction into the NWB Hall of Fame. Selections by the National Committee traditionallyoccur annually in October.
Sams was born in Knoxville, February 2, 1927 and passed away June 28, 2012 at age 85 in her hometown. After her baseball playing days concluded in the 1950s, she returned to Knoxvilleand found an administrative position with a utility company.
Among Sams' accomplishments were: pitching a perfect game onAugust 18, 1947, hitting a league season record of 12 home runs in 1952, and maintaining a .300 batting average with Kalamazoo.She was chosen AAGPBL Player of the Year in 1947 and 1949, and appeared in 5 league All-Star Games. Her 2,485 career at-bats yielded a lifetime total of 22 homeruns, 286 RBIs, and a .290 average which was 6th overall in the league.
"Sams' achievements among her league contemporaries certainly deserved consideration for national recognition which she received this October.
Excerpts from complete article: July 27, 2012 Publisher and Author, Richard C. JaffesonWashington, DC HallFame@usa.com
Jean Faut was awarded her commemorative plaque on October 24 in Rock Hill, SC on behalf of the NWB Hall of Fame by nomination sponsor Robert M. Gorman, Winthrop University. Said Faut, "I was so excited when you [Gorman] told me I hadbeen inducted into the Hall. It’s a real honor to be includedwith such outstanding ballplayers." Gorman, who is an author of the definitive history on theSouth Bend Blue Sox, informed Faut about the award but only after it had been recently and officially approved, much toher surprise and delight.
Outstanding awards: (pitcher and third base)South Bend Blue Sox, 1946-1953, AAGPBL-Perfect Game, July 21, 1951-Perfect Game, September 3, 1953-AAGPBL Player of the Year, 1951 and 1953-Career 140 wins and 64 losses (#2 in league)-ERA 1.23 (league ERA leader 1950, 1952, and 1953)-4 All-Star Games in 8 seasons-1949 league batting champion with .291 average.
"Without a doubt, Jean was the heart and soul of the South Bend Blue Sox. Twice she led the team to league championships (1951 and 1952), the second time when the team was left with 12 players after six players staged a walkout in a dispute with the manager at the end of the season."
"At the recent AAGPBL player reunion in Syracuse, NY, teammate Sue Kidd commented on that 1952 season in her remarks at the reunion banquet saying that Jean, 'carried the Blue Sox on her shoulders' that year." Jean is the only professional baseball player of either gender to pitch two perfect games in her career.
Excerpts from complete article by Robert M. Gorman,Winthrop University Co-author, "The South Bend Blue Sox: A History of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Teamand Its Players, 1943-1954."
Presently, seven NWB Hall of Famers played with teams in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL).
2012 NWB/HoF Doris Sams, Muskegon Lassies, 1946-1949, and Kalamazoo Lassies, 1950-1953;
2012 NWB/HoF Jean Faut, South Bend Blue Sox, 1946-1953;
2010 NWB/HoF Dorothy Kamenshek, Rockford Peaches, 1943-1951 and 1953;
2005 NWB/HoF Joanne Winter, Racine Belles, 1943-1950;
2003 NWB/HoF Dorothy Ferguson, Rockford Peaches, 1945-1954;
2002 NWB/HoF Faye Dancer, Minneapolis Millerettes, 1944, and Fort Wayne Daisies, 1945-1950;
1999 NWB/HoF Claire Schillace, Racine Belles, 1943-1946.