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Marilyn Jenkins

Marilyn Jenkins

Marilyn Jenkins

Marilyn Jenkins

Marilyn Jenkins

Profile Information

  • Maiden Name:
  • Nickname: "Jenks"
  • Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI (US)
  • Throwing Hand: Right
  • Batting Hand: Right
  • Born: September 18, 1934
  • Died: February 7, 2020

Marilyn JenkinsHistory

Hear about Marilyn's experience in her own words through the Grand Valley State Oral history project.


Marilyn M Jenkins, age 85, of Grand Rapids, passed away February 7, 2020. She was born September 18, 1934 and is preceded in death by her parents Carl & Mae Jenkins and sister, Kay Jenkins Young.

A lifelong resident of Grand Rapids, Marilyn was the longtime owner-operator of MM Jenkins Estate Services. She previously held positions at Butterworth Hospital and Reamon Law.

A professional baseball player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, Marilyn was a catcher for the Grand Rapids Chicks. She joined the Chicks initially in 1945 as a bat girl and upon turning age 16 became a team member for the 1952-1954 seasons.

A celebration of life service was held a Zaagman Memorial Chapel, 2800 Burton Dr., Grand Rapids, MI on Thursday, February 27, 2020. Friends gathered at 10:00 a.m. for fellowship and the service began at 11:00am. A private interment followed.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to AAGPBL Players Association, 17365 Westbrook Dr., Livonia, MI. 48152.

Author: Donna McLin

Contributed By: Donna McLin

Copyright: Grand Rapids Press (MI), Feb. 23, 2020

LeagueBatting Record

1952 19 30 1 4 1 0 0 2 0 3 6 .133
1953 69 203 17 42 4 2 0 13 9 22 25 .207
1954 53 132 20 24 3 0 1 18 2 25 12 .182

Marilyn JenkinsPhoto & Video Album

Mary Moore with Marilyn at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Marilyn with Associate Shelly McCann
Doris Cook & Marilyn
Doris Cook, Jaynne Bittner & Marilyn
Meghan Cavanaugh with Marilyn
Mary Weddle Hines, Marilyn, Terry Uselman and Dolly Konwinski
Katie Horstman, Virginia Ventura, Marilyn and Sr. Toni Palermo at Yankee stadium in 2018.
Jean Afterman, Senior Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the New York Yankees with Marilyn

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