Janet first joined the South Bend Blue Sox as a bat girl and worked her way up to a try-out in 1950. Her biggest thrill was being a part of a perfect game pitched by Jean Faut.
Janet retired in 1953 to become a mother of six. She coached softball for 10 years and raised her family.
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SOUTH BEND - Janet M. Sears, 76, passed away on Saturday, July 10th,2010 at 9:40 p.m. in the Ironwood Health and Rehabilitation Center after an extended illness. Janet was born on October 12, 1933, in , and resided in the Michiana area her entire lifetime.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Adam and Lucy (Lawton) Wiley, and a brother, John Wiley. On September 19, 1955, in South Bend, Janet married her loving husband, Donald L. Sears.
Janet played professional baseball for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). She served as a bat girl for the South Bend Blue Sox before becoming a player for the Blue Sox in the 1950s. She was an active member of the Cathedral of St. Matthew, and she was a homemaker who enjoyed woodworking and gardening. Most of all, Janet loved her family dearly.
Author: South Bend Tribune, IN
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