Dorothy saw only limited play in the AAGPBL. Filling in during her college years for the Racine Belles, she appeared in only one game with Racine. She was, however, an outstanding softball pitcher and played seven years prior to her marriage in 1938.
Dorothy later took up badminton and became a city champ.
One of Dorothy's sons wrote, "She often encouraged me to practice baseball and played with me a lot when I was a child. She still could beat me at badminton when she was in her 60's."
Dorothy (nee: Uhlir) Damaschke, 82, passed away at St. Mary’s Medical Center on Friday, January 7, 2000.
Mrs. Damaschke was born in Racine on August 26, 1917 to Joseph and Henrietta (nee: Schrader) Uhlir and had been a lifelong resident. She was married for 50 years to Herman R. Damaschke. Mr. Damaschke preceded her in death on March 10, 1989.
Mrs. Damaschke was a very active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church. She was also a very active volunteer at Lincoln Lutheran and the Lincoln Lutheran Apartment Complex as well as the Salvation Army. Mrs. Damaschke played with the Racine Belles of the Women’s Professional Baseball League and was very active in all sports.
Survivors include her three sons and daughters-in-law, six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a sister-in-law. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services for Mrs. Damaschke were held at Redeemer Luthern Church in Racine on January 11, 2000, at 10:00 a.m. with the Rev. Kastner officiating. Interment took place in Graceland Cemetary. Memorials have been suggested to Redeemer Lutheran Church or the Weaver Recreational Facility at Lincoln Luthern.
Contributed By: Merrie Fidler
Copyright: Racine (WI) Journal Times, Jan. 9, 2000, p. 12 via newspapers.com