Helen Steffes (Filarski)
Helen Steffes Seasonal Batting Record
Helen join the Peaches in 1945 and she helped them win the title that year. She kept scrap books of her playing days and was a photographer on the side. In 1938, Helen started in baseball around the playgrounds of Detroit. She played amateur ball, starting at shortstop, and then second base, and finally settling in at third. Fil played six years in the league. After two years with the Peaches she was trade to Peoria and then moved mid season to Kenosha. after the 1947 season she was sent to South Bend where she played for three years before she retired to get married to Don Steffes. She had six children, 4 boys and 2 girls. She continued to be active in sports and did so by coaching her children's teams. She enjoyed playing basketball and also bowled. During the war years she worked for the Briggs Aircaft in Detroit on the B-29 wings.She has coached hundreds of girls , including her two daughters, and continued to coach into the early 2000's. Her players think so highly of her that they all call her Mom.