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Dorothy Parker

Dottie was called the "Ray Schalk" of the League.

Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker

Dottie was called the "Ray Schalk" of the League.

Dorothy Parker

By Dottie was called the "Ray Schalk" of the League.

Dorothy Parker

Profile Information

  • Maiden Name: Naum
  • Nickname: Dottie
  • Hometown: Dearborn, MI (US)
  • Throwing Hand: Right
  • Batting Hand: Right
  • Born: January 5, 1928
  • Died: September 23, 2008

Dorothy ParkerHistory

Dottie was a pitcher and also filled in at shortstop. She had a 1.99 ERA in 1952 while pitching for the Lassies.

Mrs. Dorothy Mary (Naum) Parker 80, 2620 Bridlecreek Lane, died at 1:10 am Tuesday (September 23, 2008) in Heartland Health Care Center.

She was born January 5, 1928 in Dearborn, MI, the daughter of Mary and James Naum. She married W.R. (Ron) Parker on October 10, 1953 in Angola, IN, who preceded her in death July 28, 1995.

She was also preceded in death by her sister, Stella Grey and brothers, Henry and James Naum. She is survived by sons, Robert W. Parker (Fran) of Phoenix, and R. Craig Parker of Galesburg. She is also survived by granddaughters, Tiffani D. Patrick and Lindsey C. Parker, both of San Francisco.

A Galesburg resident since 1958, “Dottie” was a proud member of “A League of Their Own”, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which was enshrined as an organization into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY in 1988.  She played for the Kalamazoo Lassies, the South Bend Blue Sox and the Kenosha Comets in a career that spanned 1946-1953, when she retired to marry Ron and start her family.

Playing her early years as a catcher/infielder, she blossomed later as a pitcher, posting an astounding career earned run average of 2.01 between 1950 and 1953.  She hit the only home run of her career in the final game she played, a 2-1 playoff victory for Kalamazoo in September 1953. She was also the winning pitcher.

An avid golfer throughout her life, she participated in numerous Galesburg All-City Championships. Her other hobbies included bowling, knitting and needlepoint, playing bridge and watching sports, especially the NBA.

She was a former member of the Greek Orthodox Church. She was much loved and will be missed by her friends, family and little dog Lexi. She will forever roam the playing fields of heaven.

Funeral services will be 1 PM Friday, September 26, 2008 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. The Rev. David Parker will officiate. The family will receive friends following the funeral at the chapel. Cremation will be accorded following the funeral with a private family burial on Monday in East Linwood Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com. 

Galesburg Chapel, Hinchliff-Pearson-West, Inc., Galesburg, IL

Author: Galesburg Chapel

Contributed By: Helen Nordquist

Copyright: Galesburg Chapel


LeagueBatting Record

Year Ga AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO AVG
1946 31 72 13 14 0 0 0 8 12 10 10 .194
1947 83 232 26 48 0 0 0 9 22 28 13 .207
1948 104 311 23 54 2 0 0 9 31 39 16 .174
1949 81 172 23 27 3 0 0 13 22 28 11 .157
1950 74 191 25 40 4 1 0 11 10 21 12 .209
1951 103 331 40 60 5 2 0 13 23 52 18 .181
1952 70 237 24 36 2 0 0 6 7 39 11 .152
1953 32 74 10 14 2 0 0 3 0 8 2 .189

LeaguePitching Record

Year G IP R ER ERA BB SO HB WP W L PCT
1950 19 94 37 25 2.39 40 38 4 1 6 4 .600
1951 12 79 16 10 1.14 38 27 3 2 5 4 .556
1952 8 68 33 15 1.99 17 20 2 1 2 4 .333
1953 25 198 69 48 2.18 54 75 3 6 14 7 .667

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