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Carol Habben

Carol Habben

Carol Habben

Carol Habben

Carol Habben

Profile Information

  • Maiden Name:
  • Nickname:
  • Hometown: Midland Park, NJ (US)
  • Throwing Hand: Right
  • Batting Hand: Right
  • Born: May 15, 1933
  • Died: January 11, 1997

Carol HabbenHistory

Team Position Uniform #
1951 Rockford Peaches Catcher Unknown
1952 Rockford Peaches Catcher 3
1953 Rockford Peaches Third Base & Outfield & Catcher 3
1954 Kalamazoo Lassies Outfield & Pitcher 8

Carol Habben, a former player in the women's baseball league chronicled in the 1992 film ''A League of Their Own,'' died Saturday January 11, 1997 after a long illness. She was 63.

Ms. Habben was a center fielder and catcher for the Rockford (Ill.) Peaches of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1951, 1952 and 1953. The Kalamazoo (Mich.) Lassies in 1954.

The popular Midwestern league, which drew as many as one million people during one season, was founded in 1943 by the Chicago Cubs' owner, Philip Wrigley, to keep fan interest alive during World War II.  It disbanded at the end of the 1953 season after Ms. Habben's team won the league championship.

Ms. Habben started playing baseball in high school in Midland Park, N.J., and played for a women's sandlot team in Rahway before signing a $250-a-month contract to play with the Peaches when she was still a teen-ager, said her sister, Jane Iannuzzi.
''She was still in high school when she started to play, so she would take her exams early,'' Mrs. Iannuzzi said. ''About the beginning of June we would take her down to the train and she would be off. She played until the fall.''

Author: New York Times

Contributed By: Helen Nordquist

Copyright: New York Times, 1/14/1997


LeagueBatting Record

Year Ga AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO AVG
1951 10 26 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 7 .038
1952 -10 - - - - - - - - - - -
1953 82 242 18 47 5 1 0 18 5 14 41 .194
1954 98 308 45 85 5 1 15 46 8 42 41 .276

LeaguePitching Record

Year G IP R ER ERA BB SO HB WP W L PCT
1954 2 4 - - - - - - - - - -

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