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Betty Whiting

Betty Whiting

Betty Whiting

Betty Whiting

Betty Whiting

Profile Information

  • Maiden Name:
  • Nickname: Whitey
  • Hometown: Ida, MI (US)
  • Throwing Hand: Right
  • Batting Hand: Right
  • Born: July 21, 1925
  • Died: February 10, 1967

Betty WhitingHistory

When the 1947 Allocation Day arrived in Havana, Cuba during the spring training program, one of the best acquisitions made by Ft. Wayne was this smooth-working, former GR Chicks first baseman. Betty was especially impressive on the 1947 southern tour, handling chances at first base with ease and getting timely hits. She was also equally at home in the outfield. 

Elizabeth Jane “Betty” Whiting was born in Ida, Michigan, and she was a valuable utility player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, playing mainly at first base for seven different teams in a span of nine seasons. She joined the league in 1944, as starting shortstop for the Milwaukee Chicks. After that, Whiting played through 1952 for the Grand Rapids Chicks, Fort Wayne Daisies, Chicago Colleens, South Bend Blue Sox, Kalamazoo Lassies and Battle Creek Belles, for whom she also caught and played outfield.

Her most productive season came in 1952, when she posted career numbers with a .231 batting average with 79 hits, while driving in 28 runs and scoring 38 times in 104 games. She also led the league in being hit by pitches in two years.  In 1946 she committed only 13 errors at first base to lead all first sackers in fielding average (.989).  A member of the 1944 Milwaukee championship team, Whiting also appeared in four post seasons (1945 & '46, 1948 & '49). In 1988, she became part of Women in Baseball, a permanent display based at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, which was unveiled to honor the entire All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Whiting died in Battle Creek, Michigan at the age of 41, when she fell down the stairway to her cellar.

Author: Find A Grave Memorial

Contributed By: Helen Nordquist

Copyright: Find A Grave Memorial


LeagueBatting Record

Year Ga AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO AVG
1944 114 371 41 75 6 5 0 34 53 50 .202
1945 103 358 36 63 4 1 0 14 29 37 17 .176
1946 112 374 41 67 8 1 0 24 27 34 34 .179
1947 110 356 31 56 6 1 1 19 31 34 30 .157
1948 120 338 33 62 6 5 1 20 17 67 55 .183
1949 93 254 25 49 7 3 0 40 7 48 45 .193
1950 92 285 36 59 15 0 1 25 4 54 33 .207
1951 95 269 30 51 8 0 0 28 16 55 28 .190
1952 104 342 38 79 4 1 0 28 14 43 30 .231

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