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Crites, Shirley (8/21/1934 - 12/28/1990)
Shirley L. Crites was an infielder who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League during the 1953 season. Crites batted and threw right-handed. She was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
"Squirrely," as her teammates nicknamed her, played briefly for the 1953 pennant-winning Fort Wayne Daisies. She hit a .129 average in 47 games, appearing mainly at third base as a backup to incumbent Catherine Horstman, which gave manager Bill Allington the chance to use Horstman more as a pitcher.
Fort Wayne clinched the title with a 66-39 record, 4 1/2 games ahead of the Grand Rapids Chicks, but lost to the Kalamazoo Lassies in the first playoff round series. Crites went 0-3 in a playoff game.
Crites is part of Women in Baseball, a permanent display based at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, which was unveiled in 1988 to honor the entire All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
She died in 1990 in Phoenix, Arizona at the age of 56.
Contributed by: Helen Nordquist
Submitted on: 10/21/2013