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William Allington

William  Allington

William Allington

St. Clair, MI  US
All Star Team (1952), Fort Wayne Daisies (1953, 1954), Rockford Peaches (1945, 1946, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952)

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Bill was a tough taskmaster who expected maximum effort from his players. He also required that they know the rules of the game.  It was not unusual for Bill to give his players a pop quiz about the game he loved during bus rides to away games. 

Bill was managing women's fast pitch softball teams in California when he became aware of the AAGPBL which at that time was fast pitch softball. He had a great record there, coaching a number of teams to State Championships. He had a very talented team in California and many players from that area went East with Bill when he accepted a manager position with the League. 

Bill managed the Rockford Peaches in 1945 and 1946. Then from 1948 to 1952. His Rockford Peaches won the AAGPBL Championship in 1945,1948, 1949, and 1950. In 1946 he took the Peaches to the final game where they lost in 16 innings, 1-0, to the Racine Belles.  He also managed the Fort Wayne Daisies in 1953 and 1954 and won the the League but not the Play-off Championships in those last 2 years of the League's existence.

After the League folded, Bill refused to give up on women's professional baseball and took players from the league on tour from 1955 through 1958.  Allington's "All-Americans" played mens teams across the U.S. and Canada. They traveled coast to coast and North into Canada and South into Mexico. 

Bill passed away in 1966, but he will never be forgotten by the hundreds of women  of the AAGPBL who knew him as a great manager and friend.

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