Carolyn began pitching in grammar school. She played on some championship softball teams in Phoenix, Arizona before joining the Peaches in 1944.
Carolyn E. Morris, a Hall of Fame softball player who pitched for the Phoenix A-1 Queens and the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League [AAGPBL] died February. 20, 1996. [She was born September 28, 1925.] The Phoenix resident was 70.
Miss Morris began her softball/baseball career in Phoenix in 1941 with the A-1 Queens softball team. Four years later, she won a championship as a member of the Rockford Peaches of Illinois.
During the AAGPBL's 1945 championship series, Miss Morris pitched seven straight winning games. In 1946, she wass chosen to the AAGPBL's all-star team.
From 1947 to 1950, Miss Morris returned to Phoenix's A-1 Queens, and in one season had a pitching record of 58 wins and 11 losses. She was inducted into the Arizona Softball Hall of Fame in 1974.
Miss Morris modeled for House of Tiffany, a Chicago diamond store. Upon retirement from the softball league, she worked as a real estate agent in the Phoenix area.
Jennifer Harris remembered her aunt as big, strong, and brave, “but most of all, she said, “Carolyn was modest about her softball/baseball career.”
“She devoted her life to her sport and she never got respect for being a serious athlete. Hollywood wanted to buy her story for the movies, but she wouldn’t do it. That experieince was too special for her,” Harris said.
“The [softball] league never paid the players, either,” Harris said.
Survivors included her three sisters and three brothers.
A memorial service was held at Whitney and Murphy Arcadia Funeral Home in Phoenix with visitation an hour before services.
Author: Eric Searieman
Contributed By: Merrie Fidler
Copyright: Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ) Feb.23, 1996, p. 86 – copyright 2020 Newspapers.com