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Trezza, Betty "Moe," (8/04/1925 - 1/16/2007)
By Douglas Martin, The New York Times, NY
Betty Trezza, who played for the AAGPBL Racine Belles in the mid-40s, died at the age of 81 at her home in Brooklyn, N.Y. Betty was one of 12 children and was a native of Brooklyn. She began the first of season her seven year career playing for the All--American Girls Professional Baseball League at the age of 17 after being recruited by the Minneapolis Millerettes in 1944. Minneapolis was moved to Fort Wayne in 1945 and Betty spent half the season in Ft Wayne and half in South Bend with the Blue Sox.
The highlight of her career took place in 1946 while playing for the Racine Belles. Trezza drove in the winning run in the 16th inning of the sixth game of the championship series against the Rockford Peaches scoring Sophie Kurys, and winning the game and the Championship for Racine.
Betty was a vibrant, loving woman who represented the AAGPBL Players Association in many ways,. She was present at the unveiling of the exhibit recognizing the League as a part of baseball history at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 1988. She was also honored by the Women's Sports Foundation and Billie Jean King at the annual Salute to Women in Sports in New York City in 2005. She will be missed and remembered by us all.
Contributed by: Sue Macy
Submitted on: 01/18/2007
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