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Gertrude Dunn

Gertrude Dunn

Gertrude Dunn

Gertrude Dunn

Gertrude Dunn

Profile Information

  • Maiden Name:
  • Nickname: Gertie
  • Hometown: Sharon Hill, PA (US)
  • Throwing Hand: Right
  • Batting Hand: Right
  • Born: September 30, 1933
  • Died: September 29, 2004

Gertrude DunnHistory

AVONDALE, Pa. (AP) — Gertrude Dunn, a pilot who played in a women's professional baseball league immortalized in the 1992 film "A League of Their Own," died in a plane crash Wednesday. She was 72.

Gertrude Dunn also a member of the U.S. Field Hockey Hall of Fame, was at the controls of the Piper Archer single-engine plane when it crashed shortly after takeoff from the New Garden Airport, officials said.

A witness told the National Transportation Safety Board that shortly after Dunn's plane took off, the engine died. The NTSB said the crash is under investigation.

In 1952, Dunn was voted Rookie of the Year after leading her team to the championship of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.

After the league folded in 1954, she attended West Chester University, where she majored in physical education and played on the U.S. national field hockey and lacrosse teams.

She taught physical education for a few years and later held several other jobs, including selling collectible pins.
She continued to be involved in field hockey until her death, working as a referee for youth games in Delaware.

Author: Associated Press

Contributed By: Helen Nordquist

Copyright: Associated Press 10/1/2004


LeagueBatting Record

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO AVG
1951 45 151 14 28 3 1 0 10 6 27 9 .185
1952 95 326 35 77 15 2 0 21 13 31 14 .236
1953 112 438 46 122 17 1 0 36 26 33 13 .279
1954 92 311 9 93 14 1 6 38 25 47 10 .299

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