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1943 Rockford Peaches

1943 Rockford Peaches
Photograph Lineup

Back, L-R: Clara Cook, Dorothy "Kammie" Kamenshek, Gladys "Terry" Davis, Eileen Burmeister, Josephine Skokan, Ethel McCreary, Rella Swamp, Lillian Jackson, Betty Fritz, Marie Timm (Chaperone).

Front, L-R: Eddie Stumpf (Manager), Millie Warwick, Pauline Oravets, Dorothy Sawyer, Helen Nelson, Lorraine Wuethrich, Marjorie Peters, Olive Little. (Berith Melin & Betty Moczynski absent from photo.)

1943 Rockford Peaches Summary

1943 Rockford Peaches: Only two of the original four teams played all 12 years of the league's existence. They were the Rockford, IL Peaches and the South Bend, IN Blue Sox. These two cities deserve recognition for their loyalty and support to their women's baseball teams.

Dorothy Kamenshek, better known as "Kammie," enjoyed a very successful career with the AAGPBL. Kammie was a rock-solid left-handed first baseman for the Peaches. Playing in all but two seasons for Rockford, she left the league in 1952, and returned to join her teammates for her final year in 1953. She was voted the All-Star first baseman in 1943 as well as six later years from 1946 thru 1951. A consistent hitter, in 1943, she scored 58 runs and had 39 RBI's ending the season with a .271 Average.

Millie Warwick held down the corner at third base. She had a sure glove at third gobbling down 914 fielding chances. At the plate she averaged 82 hits in her two years with Rockford and averaged .236 at the plate. Being a speedster on the bases allowed her to steal often, which racked up 105 runs for Rockford.

Olive Little was a star pitcher for Rockford winning 21 games in the league's first year and pitching the league's first no hitter that year in a 9 inning game. She made the All Star team with 151 strike outs to her credit. After three years with Rockford, Olive had a lifetime ERA of 2.23.

Rockford finished in the bottom of the standings with a record of 35 wins and 57 losses. Even so, the Peaches went on to win play-off Championships in 1945,1948, 1949, and 1950.

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