Lefty's most memorable experience in baseball was the no-hit, no-run game that she pitched in Muskegon against the G.R. Chicks and Connie Wisniewski. She joined the league in 1944 playing with the Rockford Peaches. her coaches described her as a hard worker that always gave everything she had as a pitcher no matter the outcome of the game. Lefty used a sidearm delivery. Before joing the league she helped her team win 6 staight state titles and later the team finished third at the nationals played in Detroit.
Amy I. Applegren, 84, of East Peoria passed away Sunday, April 3, 2011, at Washington Christian Village in Washington, IL.
She was born Nov. 16, 1926, in Peoria, a daughter of Roy and Amy Gardiner Applegren. Surviving are one sister, Eileen Keenan of Morton; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and two brothers.
Amy worked at Caterpillar Inc. for 19 years, retiring in 1985. She was a kind and giving person who was truly a gentle lady, and she was of Christian Faith.
Amy pitched her way into history with the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. She played as a professional athlete from 1944-1953. She was an integral part of the movie "A League of Their Own."
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 7, 2011, at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria. The Rev. Jim Gorby officiated. Visitation was from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the chapel. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Springfield.
Memorials may be made to The ARK Animal Shelter or Washington Christian Village.
Author: Peoria Star Journal
Contributed By: Merrie Fidler, Photo Courtesy of Ruth Davis
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