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 Dorothy “Dottie” <I>Wiltse</I> Collins

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Dorothy “Dottie” Wiltse Collins

  • Birth 23 Sep 1923 Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Death 12 Aug 2008 Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, USA
  • Burial Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, USA
  • Memorial ID 29183708

Baseball Player. She was a pitcher in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball league for six seasons. The league was created in 1943 because many of the male major league baseball players were serving in the military during World War II. Collins joined the All-American League in 1944, pitching for the Minneapolis Millerettes, a team which later became the Fort Wayne Daisies. Her career record was 117-76 and her earned run average was 1.83. In 1987, she helped to create an association of former players from the All-American league, later becoming the association's treasurer and editor of its newsletter. Collins was instrumental in helping to develop an exhibition on women in baseball for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The exhibition, now enlarged and permanent, inspired the 1992 movie "A League of Their Own" in which actress Geena Davis played the role of "Dottie".

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  • Originally Created by: Melanie
  • Added: 20 Aug 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 29183708
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dorothy “Dottie” Wiltse Collins (23 Sep 1923–12 Aug 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29183708, citing Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .