Ruth Hartman (Kramer)
Ruth Hartman Seasonal Pitching Records
Ruth Hartman Seasonal Batting Record
Autobiography submitted Feb. 6, 2006:
I learned to play baseball in my Dad's cow pasture. Dad would hit balls to me, and if you could field a ball there, you could play anywhere.
I played softball in Pennsylvania between the ages of 13 and 17. I was considered the best pitcher in the state. I played in three national tounrments in Florida, Oregon, and California.
I played for the Crystalettes and was a pick-up player for Lancaster, Erie, and the Pottstown Cardinelles. Fern Sholllenberger was a teammate.
I was recruited by Max Carey at East Stroudsburg College in 1946. Max met me in Chicago, introduced me to Phil Wrigley, and escorted me to Racine Wisconsin. I was then traded to the Fort Wayne Daisies . I was the bull pen pitcher to Betty Wilkerson and Katie Vonderau was the catcher.
Faye Dancer was my favorite player and friend. My most memorable experience was being short sheeted every evening by Faye.
After playing baseball, I went back to East Stroudsburg College and graduated in 1948. I then coached softball for 16 years and won the District Softball State Tournament. I taught for 36 years and then retired and became a sheep farmer. I travel all over the country showing my National Championship sheep. I am considered one of the top breeders in the country.