"Bird dog" was one of the first players to sign for the 1943 Rockford Peaches. She has no statistics for that year, but to her credit, she.managed to attain a .220 batting average over her last 2 years in the league with 47 runs scored, on 59 hits and 31 RBI's.
In her final game in Ft Wayne, she recalled running to catch the final fly ball to save the game, falling in the bleachers and splitting her upper lip. She caught the ball, and Ft Wayne won the game.
Lillian Jackson, 84, of Green Valley passed away on Oct. 30, 2003, at Carondelet - St. Mary's Hospice in Tucson.
She was born and raised in Nashville, Tenn., and was one of the original members of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1943 through 1945. She then moved to Chicago and played in the National Girls Baseball League for several years.
Following her ball-playing days, she worked in the Advertising Department of Sunbeam Corp. in Chicago for over 30 years.
Lillian retired to Green Valley in 1989. She is survived by her sister, several nieces and nephews, and many loving friends.
In lieu of flowers and for those who would like to make a contribution in her memory, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
Author: Green Valley News & Sun (AZ)
Contributed By: Helen Nordquist
Copyright: Green Valley News & Sun (AZ) 11/5/2003