Josephine "Jo" Lenard was a ten-year veteran outfielder. She played in Rockford, IL., Muskegon, MI, Peoria, IL, Kenosha, WI, and South Bend, IN, from 1944 through 1953.
Over her professional career with the AAGPBL, Jo played in 1000 games and had a lifetime batting average of .221 with 756 hits for 3420 turns at bat. She was a All-Star in 1947 as a slick fielding outfielder that was noted for her incessant bubble gum chewing and her speed on the basebaths. During the off-season Jo was a commercial artist and she enjoyed skating and swimming.
Lenard, Veronica "Jo" age 86, beloved daughter of the late Walter and Lottie Leszczynski, dearest sister of the late Vincent "Dix" Lenard, Helen Bulfin, Sr., Aloysianna and Pauline Boland, fond aunt of many. Retired physical Ed. teacher Tilden H.S., Chicago, IL. Member of All American Girls Professional Baseball League. A ten year veteran, Jo played for the Peaches, Lassies, Redwings, Comets and the Blue Sox. A good hitter and one of the best defensive outfielders in the league, Jo was named to the All Star Team in 1947. Funeral Thursday, February 15th, 8:45 a.m. from the McKenzie Funeral Home, 15618 S. Cicero Ave., Oak Forest, to St. Christopher Church, Mass 9:30 a.m. Interment Resurrection. Visitation Wednesday, 2 to 8 p.m. 708-687-2990.
Author: Chicago Sun-Times
Contributed By: Helen Nordquist
Copyright: Chicago Sun Times, 2/11/2007