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Schroeder, Dorothy (4/11/1928 – 12/8/1996)

By Bob Hufford

A shortstop for four teams in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), Dorothy Schroeder was the only girl to play in all 12 seasons of the circuit's existence. 

Raised in central Illinois, she manifested athletic talent early, playing fastpitch softball at 11 and proving herself good enough for a college team at 12. In 1943 Dottie tried-out for the AAGPBL and was assigned to the South Bend Blue Sox making her, at 15, the youngest girl in the league. 

In her first season she was to be a standout fielder while batting .211, stealing 32 bases, and helping her team to the league title. She was sent to the Kenosha Comets during the 1945 season then to the Ft. Wayne Daisies in 1947, remaining there thru 1952. 

Always a defensive superstar, Dottie steadily added to her stolen base totals and saw her hitting improve following the adoption of overhand pitching in 1948; after earning her first All-Star selection in 1952 she gained two more with the Kalamazoo Lassies in 1953 and 1954. Her final year proved to be her best as she hit .304 with 17 home runs, in the process helping the Lassies to the last AAGPBL championship. 

Dottie hit .211 over her career and holds the all time marks for games played, at bats, runs-batted-in (431) and walks; her 872 hits rank second while her 42 home runs are good for third place. 

After the circuit folded she played on Bill Allington's barnstorming team for three seasons then returned home where she worked at Collegiate Cap & Gown Company for 36 years. She retired in 1993 and died of a cerebral anuerysm. In 1988 Dottie was part of the Baseball Hall of Fame's mass recognition of the AAGPBL and its players and is one of the few to be individually depicted; the league's story is told in the 1992 move "A League of Their Own". (bio by: Bob Hufford) 

Contributed by: Helen Nordquist
Submitted on: 03/17/2014
Copyright: Find A Grave Memorial

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