1943 South Bend Blue Sox: The Blue Sox were fortunate to have all the components to make a great team. They had strong pitching and the heart of a winning team.
Together, Doris Barr and Margaret "Sonny" Berger pitched 79 of the 91 games played by the Sox. Doris was credited with 15 wins and Sonny with 25 wins. Berger stated her greatest triumph was a 13-inning match, which she won 1-0.
Former model and Canadian softball star Mary "Bonnie" Baker was behind the plate. Bonnie was as talented a player as she was glamorous. She was named All Star catcher in '43, with a respectable batting average of.250.
Everyone knows it takes making plays in the field and scoring runs to bring a team together. Betsy Jochum, sure fielding outfielder and first baseman, kept the team in the running. Betsy fielded with precision and wealded a mighty bat with a .271 season average, scored 70 runs and had 35 runs batted in.
Dottie Schroeder at age 15, was the youngest player in the League that first season. Dottie was in high school in Illinois when she learned about the League. She lived on a farm outside Sadorus and played baseball with her brothers whenever she could.
Dottie anchored the infield at shortstop for South Bend in '43, playing in ninety-eight games that season. Dottie had the grace and agility of a gazelle and the style and spirit of a champion. Her friendly manner and pleasant personality made her among the league's most admired playesr. Dottie was the only player to play in all 12 seasons of the league's existence. Defensively, she was inpenetrable at short. In her first year, at the plate, she had 56 hits, and 56 walks to her credit, and scored 44 runs.
The Blue Sox finished the season in third place only .001 percentage point behind second place Kenosha. The Blue Sox final 1943 season totals were 58 wins and 50 losses.