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Hay, Leola Mae "Bubbles" Brody (5/30/1922 - 12/14/1997)

By Chicago Tribune

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

 

Source:

"Chicago Tribune", Illinois, GenealogyBank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com/doc/obituaries/obit/0F7502F618DD86DB-0F7502F618DD86DB : accessed 23 March 2016)LEOLA HAY; PLAYED FOR BLOOMER GIRLS

Contributed by: Merrie Fidler
Submitted on: 03/23/2016
Copyright: Chicago Tribune, 12/17/1997

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