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Olive Little

Olive Little

Olive Little

Olive Little

Olive Little

Profile Information

  • Maiden Name: Bend
  • Nickname: Ollie
  • Hometown: Poplar Pt., MB (CANADA)
  • Throwing Hand: Right
  • Batting Hand: Right
  • Born: May 17, 1917
  • Died: February 2, 1987

Olive LittleHistory

Olive's playing career started when her father organized a girl's softball club. Later she played on a team that won a provincial title. This was followed by a team from Moose Jaw and that was the stepping stone to the AAGPBL and the Rockford Peaches. Olive has the "Olive Little Memorial Award" given to the Manitoba Softball Association's top female player.

POPLAR POINT, Manitoba (Canada) – Former Rockford Peaches Standout Olive (Bend) Little died Feb. 2 in Victoria Hospital. She was 69.

After teaching school in Poplar Point until 1943, she turned professional with the Rockford Peaches of the All-American Girls Baseball League.  During her career with the Peaches, Little was selected to the All-Star team that played in Wrigley Field in Chicago in 1943.

Little pitched several no-hit games and held many strikeout records.  Two “Olive Little Nights” were held in Rockford.

In 1983, Little was inducted into the Canadian Softball Hall of Fame and in 1985 into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.

She was buried in St. Anne’s Anglican church yard and cemetery in Poplar Point.

Author: Rockford Register Star

Contributed By: Merrie Fidler

Copyright: Rockford Register Star 2/19/1987


LeagueBatting Record

Year Ga AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO AVG
1943 45 110 10 16 0 0 0 6 4 8 9 .145
1945 34 110 6 18 3 0 0 9 0 7 16 .164
1946 34 74 6 9 1 0 0 4 1 10 7 .122

LeaguePitching Record

Year G IP R ER ERA BB SO HB WP W L PCT
1943 44 288+ 137 82 2.53 112 151 12 25 21 15 .583
1945 34 295 94 55 1.68 140 142 6 21 22 11 .667
1946 34 247 108 69 2.51 131 88 6 10 14 17 .452

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