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Amy I. “Lefty” Applegren

  • Birth 16 Nov 1926 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 3 Apr 2011 Washington, Tazewell County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 67917759

Professional Baseball Player. A pitcher and first baseman, she played for 10 years in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). Raised in Peoria, she manifested her athletic talent early, playing organized softball at 11. Following her high school graduation Amy tried out for the AAGPBL and was assigned to the Rockford Peaches for whom she recorded 16 wins against 15 losses in her 1944 rookie campaign; in 1945 she pitched a no-hitter and helped the Peaches win the league title, then spent the 1946 thru 1949 seasons with the Muskegon Lassies. Largely moving to first base due to the insistance on overhand pitching after 1948, Amy returned to Rockford in 1950 and was part of the Peaches' 1950 and 1952 championship squads. After her final 1953 season with the South Bend Blue Sox she returned to Peoria where she worked for Caterpillar Tractor until her 1985 retirement. Over her career Amy recorded 86 wins, 98 losses, and 501 strikeouts with a 2.52 E.R.A., while as a batter she averaged .235. She was part of the 1988 mass induction of the AAGPBL and its players into the Baseball Hall of Fame, had a cameo in the 1992 feature "A League of Their Own", and was named to the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.

Bio by: Bob Hufford

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Amy I. “Lefty” Applegren (16 Nov 1926–3 Apr 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67917759, citing Calvary Cemetery, Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .