10/06/2005: I Really Hate to Scoop Len on Baseball News...
"This October four players were inducted into the National Women's Baseball Hall of Fame. The national selection committee voted by October 5 to approve:
*Joanne Winter, pitcher, Racine Belles, 1943-1950;
*Laura Brenneman, infielder, Virginia Flames, 2004-current,
*Virginia Boxers, 2002-2003, Team USA 2002-2005;
*Diane Sweeney, fielder, manager, BarnCats, Montgomery County, Md., 1992-current;
*Cindy Fereno, utility player, Virginia Flames, 1992-2005.
The NWB Hall of Fame, established in 1998, has recognized 21 current and former women baseball players (see Web site). Candidates must participate in at least three years of regulation baseball (hardball) in women's leagues with significant achievements.
According to the organization's executive director, Richard Jaffeson, "The 2005 selections are outstanding each with unique attributes."
WINTER, among the first players under contract in AAGPBL, became a star pitcher for the Racine Belles. She won the 14 inning League Championship Game, September 16, 1946, 1-0 shutout (Racine Belles v. Rockford Peaches), many claim was the best game ever played in the league. She was the only pitcher to record the most wins per season both underhand (33) and overhand (25). Winter successfully transitioned from underhand 1943 through 1947 to overhand pitching inaugurated in the 1948 season.
BRENNEMAN, an outstanding fielder, she consistently attains her league's highest batting average. For the fourth consecutive year, she played on Team USA with equally impressive statistics hitting in the .600 range. She is energetic on the field, and encourages teammates to peak performance. Laura received national MVP awards from the NWB Hall of Fame in 2002 and 2004.
SWEENEY has guided the BarnCats since its formation in the early 1990s, an exceptional team in the Eastern Women's Baseball Conference. Dr. Sweeney, a radiologist, serves as manager and mentor to players with supportive advice and by example with surefire fielding and consistent hitting.
FERENO is an energetic mainstay of her team the Flames since its inception in 1992. She played exceptionally well in every position including pitcher and catcher. A great place hitter and smart base runner, Fereno always contributes to her team's offense. She played baseball for 20 years, and announced retirement after a successful league championship series October 1.
Courtesy of US News Wire.
Karen on 10.06.05 @ 05:30 PM CST