Four STL Women in Professional Baseball Subject to March 17th Event | Joe’s Saint-Louis


If there is one thing, the president of the St. Louis Browns fan club Ed Wheatley likes to do is talk about baseball.

This time, however, his conversation will not be about the adorable American League Losers in our town.

At 6 p.m. on March 17 at the Warrenton Public Library, Wheatley will take a look at the careers of four STL women who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

The league operated for 12 seasons, from 1943 to 1954, and was immortalized in the 1992 film, “A League Of Their Own”.

A woman who played in the league is Barbara hoffmann, 89, of Belleville, who played two years, 1951-52, for the South Bend Blue Sox.

“It was a lot of fun. We got to play a game that we loved and we got paid for it,” Hoffmann said.

Barbara “Barb” Hoffmann of Belleville, during her professional baseball days with the South Bend Blue Sox (Photo by Barb Hoffman)

Living on Raab Avenue on the west side of Belleville, Hoffmann graduated from Belleville Township High (before there were “East” and “West” schools).

After graduation, she played on local adult softball and basketball teams. One of his basketball teammates was a Blue Sox wide receiver and spoke to his team about Hoffmann.

“It was funny, because I had never played baseball before, only softball. It was strictly a ‘learn as you go’ case,” she said.

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