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Chapman, Dorothy "Mickey" Maguire (11/21/1918 - 8/2/1981)

By D.R. Cunningham & Kathy Oard Chapman

Born Dorothy Maime McAlpin on November 21, 1918 in LaGrange Ohio.

One of the original members of the "All American Girls Professional Baseball League"(AAGPBL).

Dorothy learned to play baseball by playing with the neighborhood boys. In 1934-1936, when she was only 16, a tool shop in Elyria Ohio made special arrangements to work around child labor rules so that she could play with them. She went on to play for the "Erin Brew" which was a fast pitch team in Cleveland Ohio. The Erin Brew were the perennial champions and it was there that Dorothy was scouted and invited to the 1943 try outs for the AAGPBL. Of the hundreds of young women from across the nation who went to the try outs... only 280 were invited to the final tryouts and only 60 of those were invited to become the first women to play professional baseball.

Dorothy's position was catcher and in 1943 she played for the "Racine (WI) Belles" who at the end of the season became the first World Champions of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.

In 1941, Dorothy married Tom Maguire. In June of 1945 she received a call just before a game from her Mother. Tom had been killed in action. Dorothy kept the news her Mother had given her to herself and played the game. It wasn't until after the game that Dorothy reported the news to the press. Then in August, she received a couple of letters from Tom. He had been in a hospital in Italy and had not been identified and was presumed dead. This event was included in the movie "A League of Their Own" and portrayed by Geena Davis.

Dorothy and Tom divorced in 1947 and in 1948 she married George Chapman.

Dorothy got her nickname in 1945 while playing with the Grand Rapids Chicks. She was said to have the tenacity of Mickey Cochrane, catcher for the Detroit Tigers. Hence the name... Dorothy "Mickey" Maguire Chapman. She was also reported to be the highest paid catcher in the league.

Dorothy played in the AAGPBL until June 15, 1949 when she retired.

After retiring, she raised 6 children. She also trained horses as a hobby.

Dorothy passed from this earth on August 2, 1981.

In 2006 a bronze statue honoring the members of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League was unveiled at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The Statue named "At Bat" was made by Stanley Bleifeld from a picture of Dorothy "Mickey" Maguire Chapman.

Contributed by: Helen Nordquist
Submitted on: 03/19/2013
Copyright: Find A Grave Memorial

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