Hear about Anna's experience in her own words through the Grand Valley State Oral history project.
Ann stated she loved playing in the league, but travel was one of the primary reasons. She had never been outside the Chicago area and was very grateful to have the opportunity to travel. She went to 27 different states while playing baseball. She left the league, she stated, to get a "real job." She did play fast pitch softball with the Bloomer Girls in Chicago since they were night games and didn't interfere with her work.
Ann retired in 1992, played golf and pickle ball and still enjoyed traveling, including her trip in 2006 to Cooperstown, NY, to attend the unveiling of the commerative statue of an AAGPBL batter in honor of the League.
Anna Mae O’Dowd’s passed away Wednesday evening, Dec. 26, 2018. She was born April 26, 1929. The cause of her death was leukemia which she was diagnosed with in March 2018, and she was under Hospice’s care at home for the last six months.
Between 1949-1951, Annie played catcher for the Chicago Colleens, Kenosha Comets, Kalamazoo & Muskegon Lassies, Racine & Battle Creek Belles, and the Springfield Sallies.
Author: Merrie Fidler
Contributed By: Jill Schwartz