Hear about Noella's experience in her own words through the Grand Valley State Oral history project.
Noella was a pitcher in the league, she started playing for Peoria in 1951, Battlecreek in 1952, then Muskegon in 1953 and finally for Ft. Wayne in 1954. A durable ball player who once pitched 14 innings of a game in 1952 and won! "Pinky" was also the winning pitcher of the 1954 All-Star game
Genine Noella "Pinky" Leduc Alverson
AGE: 80 • Leonardo, NJ
"Pinky" was called out sliding home by the Umpire in the Sky on August 22, 2014. She was born in Graniteville, MA and she was raised there until 1964 when she moved to Leonardo, NJ.
Mrs. Alverson played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League where she played on the Peoria, Battle Creek, Muskegeon, and Fort Wayne teams from 1951-54. She played as both outfielder and pitcher. She was honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown with the league in 1988.
She was predeceased by her husband George Alverson in 2013. She is survived by a daughter and many nieces and nephews.
Pinky was a big fan of the Boston Red Sox. She was extremely proud of her baseball heritage and loved the opportunities she had to go to the AAGPBL reunions, and she was able to travel to the 2013 World Series.
The funeral was held at 7:30 pm on Monday, August 25 at John P. Condon Funeral Home LLC, 804 St. Hwy. #36, Leonardo, NJ. Cremation Services were private. Calling hours were Monday, August 25 from 4:00-7:30 at John P. Condon Funeral Home LLC, 804 St. Hwy. #36, Leonardo, NJ. In Lieu of Flowers donations should be made to the AAGPBL Players Association c/o Jill Rietjens, 1245 Del Mar Drive, Los Osos, CA 93402.
Author: Betsy Alverson
Contributed By: Carol Sheldon