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Leola Hay

Leola Hay

Leola Hay

Leola Hay

Leola Hay

Profile Information

  • Maiden Name: Brody
  • Nickname: Lee, Bubbles
  • Hometown: Chicago, IL (US)
  • Throwing Hand: Right
  • Batting Hand: Right
  • Born: May 30, 1922
  • Died: December 14, 1997

Leola HayHistory

Team Position Uniform #
1943 Racine Belles

Leola didn't play in any games for Racine that year. She did play for The Bloomer Girls of the Chicago League.  In the 1960's she taught bowling at the Golf Mill Bowling Alley in Niles, Ohio.   Because her average was so high,she bowled in the men's league. Throughout the1970's she worked in physical theraphy in a hospital in Wetumpka, Alabama.

Leola "Lee" "Bubbles" (Brody) Hay, 75, a professional women's baseball player in the 1940s and 1950s, played with the Racine Bells and the Bloomer Girls. She later taught bowling and bowled in men's leagues. 

A resident of Wilmette, she died Sunday (12/14/1997) in her daughter's home in Long Grove. 

"She always took great care of herself," said her daughter, Georgia Liewehr. "No one ever saw her looking really bad. She was also a very caring person, and even while she was fighting cancer herself, she was always going and doing for people." 

She played first base, outfield, and pitcher in the league that was originally formed during World War II. 

"The newspaper articles written about her said that she was really great, especially at first base," her daughter said. 

In the 1960s, she taught bowling at the Golf Mill Bowling Alley in Niles. 

"Because her average was so high, she bowled in the men's league," her daughter said, "but she always bowled in a skirt." 
Throughout the 1970s, she worked in physical therapy in a hospital in Wetumpka, Ala. 

Survivors, besides her daughter, include another daughter, Twila Dahl; a son, James; a brother; and six grandchildren. 
Visitation was from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the William H. Scott Funeral Home, 1104 Waukegan Rd., Glenview. 

Services were held there at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

.Chicago Tribune (IL) - December 17, 1997



"Chicago Tribune", Illinois, ( : accessed 23 March 2016)LEOLA HAY; PLAYED FOR BLOOMER GIRLS

Author: Chicago Tribune

Contributed By: Merrie Fidler

Copyright: Chicago Tribune, 12/17/1997

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