Hank left us on June 1, 2001. She suffered from a stroke and as a result her body shut down. She was residing in Largo, Florida.
Hank was a native of Springfield, Ohio and joined the All-Americans in 1946. She was assigned to the Muskegon Lassies where she played for 2+ seasons, moving in 1948 to Chicago, then to Peoria in 1951. The next two seasons she played with Ft Wayne, finishing her career with Kalamazoo in 1954. She played second and shortstop and also pitched. In her 5 years pitching, she had a record 101 wins.
Hank is missed by all her teammates.
Black hair and blue eyes combine to make Nancy a very attractive young lady.Hank was a utility player but she decided to give pitching a try. She worked extremely hard and it paid off as Hank became so successful that she was part of the starting pitching staff. She became a calm, cool deliberate pitcher with remarkable control. In the off-season you could find Nancy doing clerical work. Her other activities included swimming,bowling and music.
Nancy J. Warren, Port Charlotte, Fla., formerly of Kalamazoo, Mich. and Chicago, Ill., passed away June 1, 2001 in Southfield, Mich.
Nancy was born June 13, 1921 in Springfield, Ohio, daughter of Frank and Margaret (Thrasher) Warren and sister of Joe, Gale, Virginia, Louise, Wayne and John Lyle, who preceded her in death. Nancy worked more than 30 years for Northwest Airlines at Kalamazoo and O'Hare Airports. Nancy was a talented athlete and a member of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, 1943-1954, which was dramatized in the movie "A League of Their Own." She is recognized with her league mates in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Beloved by surviving nieces, grand nieces, and life-long friends, her fiery spirit, wisdom, and humor live on in lives she touched and in her paintings.
After cremation, there was a memorial celebration of Nancy's life in Vicksburg on June 16. 2001. Memorial contributions may be made to National Wildlife Federation, 1110 Wildlife Center, Reston, VA 20190; or Save The Manatee Club, 500 N. Maitland, Maitland, FL 32751.
Author: Venice (FL) Gondolier Sun
Contributed By: Helen Nordquist
Copyright: Venice (FL) Gondolier Sun, 6/20/2001