Arleene Noga (Johnson)
Arleene Noga Seasonal Batting Record
AUTOBIOGRAPHY submitted by Arleene Johnson Noga:
Born January 1, 1924, at Ogema, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Grew up on a farm south of Ogema. Obtained elementary schooling at a rural one-roomed school and then Grade 12 plus a three-year Commercial Course at Ogema High. Ogema School Principal encouraged me to participate in sports when I left Ogema to seek employment. Played in the Senior "A" Ladies Intercity Softball League in Regina, SK. Joined work force in 1944. Worked in various departments of the Saskatchewan Civil Service for approximately 30 years, including five years with the Premier's Secretariat.
-Scouted by the All American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) in 1944 while playing softball at Central Park in Regina.
-A baseball player in the AAGPBL - 1945 to 1948 inclusive.
-Set new fielding record at third base in 1946 & 1947 (942) and was a member of the Muskegon (MI) Lassies who won the League Pennant in 1947.
-Participated in organized softball in Regina in 1944 and then from 1949 to about 1979.
-Played on nine Provincial softball championship teams and helped win five Western Canada Championships.
-Was MVP twice, league batting champion twice, first all-star team.
-Was player/coach, assistant coach, and coach in latter years of participation.
-Enjoyed curling and bowling.
-Member of the AAGPBL Board of Directors for 12 years and Spokesperson for Canadian All Americans to date.
Athletic Recognitions and Inductions
November 5,1988 - National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum, Cooperstown, NY: the AAGPBL was recognized as a League. They have a permanent display, "Women in Baseball," which includes a list of all AAGPBL players names. They are in the process of erecting a life-sized bronze statue of an All-American girl in batting stance on the library lawn. It is to be completed by 2006.
December of 1999 - was recognized by SASKBaseball for dedication in building and promoting amateur baseball in Saskatchewan.
July 10 of 2004: - was honoured in my home town of Ogema in Saskatchewan, at the historical Grandstand in the fairgrounds. It is referred to as the Sports Complex, and it has been declared a Municipal Heritage Property and was dedicated as the "Arleene Jobnson-Noga Grandstand" in recognition of my athletic accomplishments, baseball in particular.
Inductions: August 19, 1988 - Inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum as "player;" June 17, 1989 - Inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame & Museum as "player;" June 4,1998 - Inducted to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum as "player" when all 64 Canadian All-Americans were inducted; October 7, 2004 -Regina Sports Hall of Fame as "player"
After serving 12 years on the Board of Directors for the AAGPBL Players' Association, Inc. I agreed to be the Spokesperson for Canadian former ballplayers which I maintain to this date.
The mandate for our Players' Association is to preserve our history and encourage participation in sports. I have been involved in Baseball Clinics for girls in 1998 and 1999 with the Saskatchewn Baseball Association and in 1999 for Major League Baseball Canada baseball clinics for girls in Halifax.
1999 - Accompanied Team Saskatchewan to the first National PeeWee Girls Baseball Tournament in Winnipeg.
I attend school assembly programs, spring workouts, softball year-end celebrations as well as various luncheon meetings, school reunions and senior groups to promote baseball.
Actively volunteer at the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Regina, including participation in their Education Program for Schools.
Volunteer with the Regina Garden Associates at the Regina Floral Conservatory, being a member of the Floral Display Committee.
Married Ron Noga in 1963 who was since deceased (1994). Have two children, Carol Lee Noga Scott (Lloyd) and Robert Noga (Karen). I have six grandchildren.
The above was compiled November 1999 and Updated October, 2006.