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Doris Barr
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All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Pitcher
Born: August 26, 1921(1921-08-26)
Starbuck, Manitoba, Canada
Died: July 12, 2009 (aged 87)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Professional debut
1943, for the South Bend Blue Sox
Last professional appearance
1952, for the Peoria Redwings
statistics
Win–loss record     79-94
Strikeouts       572
Earned run average      3.16
Games pitched       218
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Member of the American
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Inducted     1988
Entire AAGPBL Induction

Doris Barr [Dodie] (August 26, 1921 - July 12, 2009) was a pitcher who played from 1943 through 1952 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Listed at 5' 6", 145 lb., Barr batted and threw left-handed. She was born in Starbuck, Manitoba, Canada.

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Early life

Doris, daughter of Malcolm and Susan Barr, was just a small town girl before she found herself being swept up into the world of women's baseball at the height of the World War II. A dominant lefty hurler, she enjoyed a prolific career over eight seasons in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, winning a League Championship title and earning three inductions into several baseball halls of fame across North America.

The AAGBL flourished in the 1940s when the Major Leagues went on hold as men went to war. The league lasted a little over a decade, dismantling in 1954. Still, the void the league filled during wartime was inspiration enough for the 1992 film A League of Their Own, directed by Penny Marshall and starred by Geena Davis, Tom Hanks and Madonna.

Career

Barr started her baseball career in 1937 when she was just 16, after being spotted by scouts while playing catch with her sister. That sparked a five-year stint in Canada, where she pitched for the Winnipeg Ramblers (1938-1939) and Regina Army and Navy Bombers (1940-1942). She was picked up by the AAGBL when she was 21, and earned a reputation as a powerful lefty hurler with a rocket of a throw.

Barr entered the league in 1943 with the South Bend Blue Sox, playing for them three and a half years before joining the Racine Belles (1946-1947), Springfield Sallies (1948), Muskegon Lassies (1949), Peoria Redwings (1950) and Kalamazoo Lassies (1950). Her most productive season came in 1945, both for South Bend and Racine, when she posted career-numbers in wins (20), earned run average (1.71) and winning percentage (.714), while striking out 104 in 31 pitching appearances. That same season, she also pitched the first no-hitter in Racine history in a game against the Fort Wayne Daisies (July 1, 1945).

In 1946 Barr helped Racine to a Championship after pitching the winning game that put them in the Play-Offs. The next season he went 14-12 with a 2.26 ERA and 96 strikeouts, while in 1948 she recorded a 2.68 ERA with a career-high 116 strikeouts despite her 7-19 record for the Sallies.

In a eight-season career, Barr posted a 79-94 record with a 3.16 ERA and 572 strikeouts in 218 games. She also helped herself with the bat, hitting a 2.69 batting average, and was a competent outfielder as well, collecting a .932 lifetime fielding average.

Personal life

Barr retired in 1950 and settled into a life as an accountant at Grace Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and later worked in the accounting department at the Health Sciences Centre.

Eleven girls from Manitoba played in the AAGBL, including Barr. All of them were inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame (1988), the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame (1998), and the Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame (1998).

Barr never married and did not have children. She died at Winnipeg, at the age of 87, and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Garden.

Statistics

Year Club(s) GP W L SO ERA
1943 South Bend Blue Sox    32 15 13  63 2.90
1944 South Bend Blue Sox  29  8 11  62 2.98
1945 South Bend Blue Sox  31 20  8 104 1.71
1946 South Bend Blue Sox
Racine Belles
 21  6  8  53 3.86
1947 Racine Belles  30 14 12  96 2.26
1948 Springfield Sallies  30  7 19 116 2.68
1949 Muskegon Lassies  27  8 13  53 2.40
1950 Kalamazoo Lassies
Peoria Redwings
 18  1 11  25 6.51
8 seasons Totals 218 79 94 572 3.16

Sources

  • All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record Book – W. C. Madden. Publisher: McFarland & Company. Format: Paperback, 294pp. Language: English. ISBN 0786437472. ISBN 9780786437474

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