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Moellering, Rita "Slats" Meyer (2/12/1927 - 6/16/1992)

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Rita Meyer Moellering, 65; Played Professional Baseball:

Rita Meyer Moellering, a professional baseball player in the 1940s, died from apparent heart failure Tuesday (June 16, 1992) at her home. She was 65. 

Mrs. Moellering, of Florissant, played shortstop from 1946 to 1949 with the Peoria Red Wings of the All-American Girls' Professional Baseball League. She was scouted while playing softball for the old Weik Funeral Home in Florissant. A teammate nicknamed her "Slats" because her style of play at shortstop was similar to the Cardinals great, Marty "Slats" Marion. 

She was an extra in the filming of "A League of Their Own, " a soon-to-be released movie about a women's baseball team during World War II. The movie is directed by Penny Marshall and stars Geena Davis, Tom Hanks and Madonna. 

In 1988, Mrs. Moellering and other league members were recognized in an exhibit at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. 

Mrs. Moellering was born in St. Louis. She was active with her brother in the Marianist Art Gallery at Vianney High School from 1976 until she retired last year. 

In the past month, she was a supporter of "run jane run, " a fund-raising multievent athletic competition of the Women's Self Help Center. A funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. June 19, 1992 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 751 North Jefferson Street. Burial was in Sacred Heart Cemetery. 

Among the survivors are two daughters, Mary Moellering and Laura Menke, both of Florissant; two sons, Daniel Moellering of Elsberry, Mo., and David Moellering of Troy, Mo.; her mother, Margaret Meyer of Florissant; three sisters, Elsie Pondrom, Joan Hickman and Audi Barthels, all of Florissant; three brothers, Melvin Meyer of Kirkwood, Gilbert Meyer of Lake Saint Louis and Irvin Meyer of Florissant; and nine grandchildren. 

Memorial contributions may be made the Women's Self Help Center, 2838 Olive Street, St. Louis Mo. 63103. 

Contributed by: Helen Nordquist
Submitted on: 09/29/2013
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