Charlotte Smith (baseball)

Charlotte Smith
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • Championship team (1943)
  • All-Star Game (1943)

Charlotte Smith (born 1919) was an infielder and outfielder who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Listed at 5' 6", 130 lb., Smith batted and threw right handed. She was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee.[1]

The daughter of a Minor league pitcher, Smith was one of the original sixty four players signed by the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. She was also one of 10 players hailed from Tennessee who made the league in its 12 years of existence. League play officially began on May 30, 1943 with the teams Kenosha Comets, Racine Belles, Rockford Peaches and South Bend Blue Sox. Each team was made up of fifteen girls. Smith passed the text and was assigned to the Racine team.[2][3]

From 1943 to 1944, Smith played at outfield, first base and shortstop for the Belles. She hit a .316 batting average in her rookie season, driving in 18 runs while scoring 36 times in just 53 games. A fast runner, she stole 54 bases to rank eight in the league.[4]

The first AAGPBL Championship Series pitted first-half winner Racine against Kenosha, second-half champ. In the best-of-five series, Racine swept Kenosha in three games to claim the first championship in the league's history. Smith also appeared in the first All-Star Game, which coincidentally was the first night game played at Wrigley Field (July 1, 1943). The game was played under temporary lights between two teams composed of Blue Sox and Peaches players against Comets and Belles players.[3][5]

Batting statistics

GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP
130 353 57 85 2 2 0 33 93 39 18 .241 .316

[4]

Sources

  1. ^ All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record Book – W. C. Madden. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2000. Format: Paperback, 294pp. Language: English. ISBN 0786437472
  2. ^ AAGPBL – All-Time Player Roster
  3. ^ a b "AAGPBL-History". http://www.aagpbl.org/league/history.cfm. 
  4. ^ a b All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record Book
  5. ^ ESPN – Reel Life: 'A League of Their Own'. Article by Jeff Merron



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