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William Rohrer

William Rohrer

William Rohrer

Hastings, NE  US
All Star Team (1947), Fort Wayne Daisies (1947)

Profile Biography

"Daddy" Rohrer took over as manager of the Daisies. He was a former Pacific Coast League star, Bill came to the Daisies with a wealth of experience and a career in baseball that began soon after his cradle days. His father was a catcher and manager and young Bill was learning to swing a bat at an age when most youngters were still teething. In 1908 he joined the Three-I League and was drafted by the White Sox's. After playing the PCL for several years he turned to managing in the Califorina Outlaw League. In the mid 1930's he started to coach some of the finest girl's softball teams in Califorina. Many of these players received contracts from the AAGPBL, including his own daughter, Kay. Other players included Dorothy(Wiltse) Collins, Alma Ziegler and Dorothy (Harrell) Doyle.

One of Bill's major achievements was a triumphant tour of Japan, China and the Philippine Islands with an all-star, all-girl softball team, just prior to WWII. For nearly three months the American ball players were feted by sports fans of the Far East, where they were one of the most popular attractions of the year.

Ft. Wayne then became the heir to the services of a baseball man who do much to make the Daisies one of the finest teams in the AAGPBL.

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