Gene wrote that she had the opportunity to do two very exciting things in her life. One was to play in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The other was to be a contestant on the Game show "Blockbusters."
Gene was on the show in 1981, but the show was on re-runs in 2006 and was noticed by a baseball fan who contacted the AAGPBL website and as a result, Gene has revealed her "other talent" to all the world once again. Gene stated in all her time on the game show, she only mentioned once that she had played on the Rockford Peaches women's baseball team. Of course, this was long before the popularity of the league which was sparked by the hit movie, "A League of Their Own."
At the time, the contestants were only allowed to win 10 games. Gene defeated 10 family pair opponents and retired undefeated. The rules were changed, however, and contestants were permitted to participate in 20 games. Gene was invited back on the show and added one more win to her total before the show was cancelled.
Gene relates about the long wait in a small hotel room in Burbank CA. She ran through an audition test and 19 tapings before she had the opportunity to go on the show. She recalled with sheer joy the experience which she shared with three of her six children and her husband in attendance.
Gene stated, "I was very fortunate and extremely grateful . This was a very exciting time in my life." Gene was married to Donald Travis in the mid 1940's.
Genevieve Felice (nee Castaldo), of Township of Washington, NJ Passed away on Monday, May 7, 2012. She was born in Mount Vernon, NY and lived in Township of Washington, NJ for many years. She was a part of The All American Girls Professional Baseball League, (AAGPBL). Gene, a first baseman/outfielder for the Rockford Peaches, considered it an honor to have been a member of both the Peaches and AAGPBL. Genevieve was Honored in 1993 as Female Athlete of the Year by the local March of Dimes. Her name was enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York on November 5, 1988.
Beloved wife of the late Edward T. Visich Sr., for 58 years. Devoted mother of Stephen Visich of Township of Washington, NJ; Kathryn Watt and her husband Brad of Huntington Beach, CA; Edward T. Visich, Jr. of Park Ridge, NJ; the late Andrea Coumbe and her husband Tim of Westfield, NJ; Robert Visich and his wife Tammy of Westwood, NJ; Peter Visich. Dear sister of Francine Buccola and her husband Charlie of Valley Stream, NY, and the late Ralph Castaldo. Cherished grandmother of Justin, Andrew, and Daniel Watt; Ryan and Jenna Visich. Loving aunt of Christa and Carlie Buccola.
Funeral Liturgy at Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Township of Washington, NJ on Friday at 10 AM. Interment, George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, NJ. The family will receive their friends at Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Road, West-wood, NJ on Thursday, 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Memorial gifts to AAGPBL or Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Research would be appreciated.
Author: Bergen, NJ Herald Record News
Contributed By: Shirley Burkovich
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