Mary Pratt (baseball)

Summary

Mary Pratt
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Pitcher
Born: (1918-11-30)November 30, 1918
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Died: May 6, 2020(2020-05-06) (aged 101)
Braintree, Massachusetts
Batted: Left
Threw: Left
AAGPBL debut
1943
Last AAGPBL appearance
1947
Career statistics
Win–loss record28–51
Earned run average3.48
Strikeouts55
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Mary Pratt (November 30, 1918 – May 6, 2020) was a pitcher who played from 1943 through 1947 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. She batted and threw left-handed. Pratt turned 100 in November 2018.[1]

Early life

Pratt was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and grew up in Quincy, Massachusetts. She attended North Quincy High School. After graduation, she entered Boston University's Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and participated in various sports there, including basketball, softball, volleyball, lacrosse, field hockey, tennis, archery, and sailing. Pratt earned a degree in physical education in 1940.[2]

AAGPBL career

In 1941, Pratt got a job teaching in Quincy. The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League formed at around that time, and after the school year ended in 1943, Pratt joined the league as a member of the Rockford Peaches.[2] She played in 24 games during her first season, going 5–11 on the mound and batting .235.[1]

The following season, Pratt was transferred to the Kenosha Comets team. She immediately had her best season, winning 21 games and pitching a no-hitter, while leading the Comets to the league championship series.[2][3][4] During this time, Pratt "was very effective using a controlled slingshot or windmill windup to get hitters out".[2]

Pratt slumped in 1945, going just 1–16. She won just 1 more game in 1946 and 1947 before retiring from professional baseball.[1]

Later life

Pratt continued to teach physical education classes in Quincy until 1986, and she also coached the school softball, basketball, soccer, and tennis teams.[2] She won 10 softball championships in the state of Massachusetts.[2]

Pratt has been inducted into the New England Sports Museum, Boston University Hall of Fame, and Boston Garden Hall of Fame.[2]

Pratt died at the John Scott nursing home in Braintree, Massachusetts, on May 6, 2020, aged 101.[5][6] [7]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Mary Pratt". aagpbl.org. Retrieved December 28, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Bernstein, Sam. "Mary Pratt". bioproj.sabr.org. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2010..
  3. ^ Roy, Matthew K. (April 16, 2008). "Baseball pioneer in a league of her own". salemnews.com. Archived from the original on September 11, 2012. Retrieved December 28, 2010.
  4. ^ Trombe, Carolyn M. (2005). Dottie Wiltse Collins: Strikeout Queen of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. McFarland. p. 168.
  5. ^ O'Neill, Tara (May 9, 2020). "Bridgeport-born Mary Pratt — Rockford Peaches, Kenosha Comets pitcher — dies at 101". Westport News. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  6. ^ "Mary Pratt". Boston Globe. May 10, 2020. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  7. ^ Smith, Harrison (May 11, 2020). "Mary Pratt, southpaw pitcher in a pioneering women's baseball league, dies at 101". Washington Post. Retrieved May 11, 2020.

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