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Wisniewski, Connie (2/18/1922 - 5/4/1995)

By Bob Hufford for Find A Grave

A righthanded pitcher and outfielder for eight seasons in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), Connie Wisniewski is considered one of the circuit's all-time greats.

Raised in Detroit, she was a top level girls' softball player while in her teens and after signing with the AAGPBL, she was assigned to the Milwaukee Chicks in 1944. Connie had 23 wins against 10 losses with a 2.23 ERA. helping an outstanding Chicks team capture the league crown.

Despite their on-field success, a lack of fan support and financial backing forced the squad to move to Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1945. That year Connie went 32-11 with an 0.81 ERA. and earned Player of the Year Honors.  The 1946 season saw her earn the first of her four All-Star selections while she posted a 32-9 record and a 0.96 ERA.

When the AAGPBL initiated side-arm pitching in 1947, Connie's record suffered, falling to 16-14, though she was still able to lead the Chicks to the league championship. In 1948, overhand pitching was instituted, ending Connie's time on the mound, but a switch to the outfield saw her lead the league in home runs and come in second in hitting with a .289 average.

Retiring after the 1952 campaign, Connie had final pitching totals of 107 wins versus 48 losses, giving her an all time league best winning percentage of .690, while her .290 batting average also ranks her among the top hitters. Connie spent her later years in Florida and was part of the 1988 recognition of the AAGPBL and its players in Cooperstown's Baseball Hall of Fame. She died of gastric cancer and was cremated.

The league's story is told in the 1992 movie "A League of Their Own." 

Contributed by: Helen Nordquist
Submitted on: 04/19/2015
Copyright: Find A Grave Memorial

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