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Amy Irene Applegren

Amy Irene Applegren

Amy Irene Applegren

Amy Irene Applegren

Amy Irene Applegren

Profile Information

  • Maiden Name:
  • Nickname:
  • Hometown: Peoria, IL (US)
  • Throwing Hand: Left
  • Batting Hand: Right
  • Born: November 16, 1926
  • Died: April 3, 2011

Amy Irene ApplegrenHistory

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

Copyright: Peoria Star Journal


LeagueBatting Record

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO AVG
1944 43 99 10 25 2 0 0 7 3 13 6 .253
1945 30 73 8 15 1 0 0 4 5 5 6 .205
1946 30 66 10 17 0 1 0 7 1 5 3 .258
1947 27 75 3 18 2 0 0 3 1 7 11 .240
1948 49 133 13 23 1 0 0 8 8 15 14 .173
1949 30 69 5 13 1 0 0 4 1 5 10 .188
1950 45 134 18 30 2 2 0 12 5 8 4 .224
1951 31 73 7 15 1 0 0 5 1 5 7 .205
1952 105 364 47 92 7 0 1 29 24 28 31 .253
1953 76 277 24 67 5 1 0 24 24 21 17 .242

LeaguePitching Record

Year G IP R ER ERA BB SO HB WP W L PCT
1944 36 250 123 77 2.77 128 56 4 12 16 15 .516
1945 29 214 81 58 2.44 130 27 3 8 13 11 .542
1946 28 197 90 61 2.79 126 62 4 13 8 18 .308
1947 27 220 41 26 1.06 81 62 11 3 16 10 .615
1948 29 210 64 41 1.76 117 129 17 6 15 12 .556
1949 20 131 54 45 3.09 124 64 18 6 13 5 .722
1950 21 132 76 55 3.75 83 68 10 12 9 10 .474
1951 15 94 57 44 4.21 91 33 10 4 4 10 .286
1952 1 3 - - - - - - - - - -

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