Pekin Lettes

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Pekin Lettes Major Fastpitch Softball Team of Pekin Illinois  .....

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           Lifetime List of Pekin Lettes players for the Past 75 Years !!!

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Our Current Listings - 1939 to 1988 - Missing 1989 & 1990

1991 to Present

250 + names thus far

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Players from the Past 75 +Years 

Plus Managers & Coaches

of the Pekin Lettes - 1959 to Present

includes the Caterpillar Dieselettes 1933-1955

and the Sunnyland Lettes 1956-1958

Check back for Further Additions 

1991 Lettes Roster Names Added Recently

1987 Lettes Roster Names Added Recently

Name of Player & First Year Played with the Lettes
If Only One Year is Listed - That is the First Year of a Player Being a Lettes Team Member
We Still Have Not Been Able to Get Records from Some Past Coach & Managers
 

Adolph Fisher - Coach - 1943 to 1944 - Record of 47 & 17

Adrienne Berry - 1969 to 1970

Allyson Carter - Hattermann - 1994 to 1997

Althea Fitton (Knoll) - 1939

???   Ames - 1941

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Amy Irene Applegren - 1941 to 1942 (P) - 28 Wins & 8 Loses (.778)

            

After the Dieselettes Played with the "Girls Professional Ball League" Rockford Peaches
Amy Applegren was getting a paycheck for playing professional baseball before she was out of high school.
Graduating from Peoria Manual in 1945, Applegren had already played one full season in the All-American Girls Baseball

League in 1944, the second year the league, founded by late Chicago Club owner Phil Wrigley, was in existence.
The league lasted for a dozen seasons, from 1943 through 1954 and Applegren, a lefthanded pitcher and first baseman

who earlier had pitched for the Caterpillar Dieselettes, played in all but the first and last seasons.
This was major league baseball for women and only a few played as long as Applegren or saw as many changes in the game.

Over the years the pitching rules were changed nine times while she was hurling: the size of the ball was reduced four times

and the mound was moved back five times.

She began playing for the Rockford Peaches in 1944, one year after the team that was featured in the hit movie "A League

Of Their Own". Later she was with Muskegon, went back to Rockford and ended with South Bend in 1953. And during her

eight-year pitching career they kept changing pitching rules. In 1944 the ball was 12 inches in circumference, pitchers pitched

underhand and the distance to home plate was 40 feet. In her final years the ball was 10 inches, pitching was overhand and

the distance was 55 feet.
In all, she pitched in 205 games, played in a total of 386, had a 94-91 pitching record with an ERA under three her first three

years and then two of 1.06 and 1.76.
Peoria was part of the league from 1946 through 1951 but Applegren never had a chance to play for her hometown,

just against it.

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Amy Bishel - 1985

Amy Gordon - 2004

Amy West - 2006

Angie Gouldschaal - 1991 (P)

Angie Wolfe - 1987

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Ann Elliott - (P) - 40 Wins & 25 Losses (.615)

Ann Martin (Glaub Aleksich) -

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Anne Irwin - 1971

(New) Annie Gregory - 1998--2000

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Ann Tindall (Mullins) - 1963 to 1970 & 1972

Ann Millins Tindall

You name the sport and Ann Mullins Tindall has played or coached it.

The list seems not to end: major women's softball, college and MU basketball, volleyball, tennis, track, field hockey, soccer.
A native of Butler, Illinois who attended Hilisboro High School and Carthage College, Mullins began her major impact on
the local scene when she became the Number 1 catcher of the Pekin Lettes when that team, with Lorene Ramsey as one
of the nation's top pitchers, was in its prime.
Rated by Ramsey "the best catcher in the country between 1964 and 1970", Mullins was extremely quick on her feet,
had a brilliant throwing arm and hit with great power. Her 27 home runs is second on the all-time Lettes list despite her
comparatively short eight-season career with the team.
She batted .295 for the Lettes and produced 282 hits. She was chosen to numerous all-tournament teams and inducted
into the Illinois ASA Hall of Fame in 1976.
She played AAU basketball in Peoria and Pekin from 1963 through 1971 and was a seven-time all-stater. A top scorer and
rebounder, she advanced to the last cut in the Olympic Development Training camp for the selection of the 1967 United
States Pan-American team.
Once she scored 50 points in a basketball game for Carthage against Southern Illinois. She is a member of the Central
Amateur Athletic Union Hall of Fame and the Carthage College Hall of Fame.
She was a third team Midwest selection in field hockey, coached girls tennis and track at Central High School and coached
soccer in the Peoria Parochial League. She also has served as president of the Peoria Soccer Club.
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Anne Ross - 1942

Anne Elliott (Ross) - 1943 to 1946

Anne Meyer (Osterman) - 1958 to 1959

Annelle Griffin - 1975

Annie White - 1991 - (OF-2B)

Ashley Birdsong - 2008

Ashley Quick - 2004

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Barbara Arrowsmith - 1949-50

Arrowsmith DECATUR - Barbara Lee Arrowsmith, 70

of Decatur died 4:15 p.m. Saturday (July 27, 2002) in St. Mary's Hospital.

There will be no services. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial will be at a later date in Fairlawn Cemetery.

Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary,

5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT 84741-5000.

Barb was born March 3, 1932, in Decatur. She was a graduate of Stephen Decatur High School and worked for A.E. Staley

Mfg. Co. for 18 years. She later worked for St. Mary's Hospital as a licensed practical nurse, retiring after 13 years.

She was an ASA Softball player. At age 17, she was picked by Pekin Caterpillar Dieselettes for tournament play.

She was an all-state pitcher and player for several Decatur area teams, including Jarvis Wildcats, Butterfield,

Merchanetts and Perfect Windettes. In 1965, the Perfect Windettes won the ASA Women's State Softball Tournament

and Barb was the Tournament's Most Valuable Player. She served as organist for many years at Church of the

Brethren and Northwest Christian Church. At Northwest Christian Church, she directed the children's choir musicals.

She was a volunteer at Scovill Zoo and loved to drive the train.

Surviving are her aunts, Geneva Thornell of Marion, Ind.; Kathleen Arrowsmith of Alton; several cousins in Marion and Ohio;

her faithful companion, Shadow; and many other friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, father, stepfather and two uncles.

A special thank-you to all the doctors, nurses and staff of the second floor of St. Mary's Hospital, her loving caregivers and

Dr. Harriett Held.

She was a generous and caring friend who will be missed by all her friends and family

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Barbara Fuller - Dieselettes 1945 to 1956

( Lettes Manager - Coach 1974 - 1980 )  249 Wins - 124 Loses

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Barbara Waddell - 1959 to 1963

 

Barbara Wadell
Player Profile
Hometown:
Pekin, Ill.

Experience:
1963

 

A 1963 Illinois State graduate who played in national tournaments in three sport:

 field hockey, basketball and softball ..

an outfielder with the Pekin Lettes from 1959-63 ...

twice co-captained the basketball squad at Illinois State ...

later became chairman of girls physical education at Pekin Community High School.

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Becky Mohn - 1976

Becky Zuspann Jarvis - 1987

Belle Craig - 1983

Bernice Piffner - 1978

Bernie Burns - 1983 - 1987

Bernie Coffman - 1988

Betty Brown -

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Betty Eldred (McCarty) - 1940 to 1941 (P) 51 Wins & 8 Losses (.864)

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Betty Tipton - 1949

Betty Wanless - 1944 to 1947

Beulah Rosenberg (Belcher)

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Beverly Brown - 1948 to 1964

A.S.A. Illinois State Hall of Fame 'Inductee'

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Beverly Litweiller (Pleines) - 1960

Bobbi Mattingly - 1984

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Bonnie Swanson - 1965 - 1972 (.268 ) 4 Home Runs - Chillicothe, Illinois

Name: Bonnie Swanson
Email: ybjs89@a5.com
Date: Sat Mar 22 22:01:10 EDT 2008
WOW! What a great site. Thanks. And hi to all from over the years. 1965-72

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Bonnie Welch - 1946

Bree Milnes - 2007

Brenda Gilles - 1984

Brittany Dehler - 2004

Brooke Benson - 2004

Burdella Stilley - 1939

Burdella Cunningham (Stilley) - 1939 to 1940

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Carol Springman (Swettenham) - 1952 to 1956 (P) - 12 Wins & 4 Loses (.750)

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Carolyn Thome Hart- 1947 to 1962

CAROLYN THOME HART

MORTON -- Carolyn R. Hart, 65, of 1208 S. Main St. died at midnight Sunday, March 10, 1996,

at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

Born Nov. 12, 1930, in Peoria to Charles A. and Lois A. Mason Thome, she married

Raymond E. Hart on Dec. 31, 1959, in Peoria. He survives.

Also surviving are one son, Mike of East Peoria; two daughters, Mrs. John (Teresa) Allred

and Mrs. Jeff (Michelle) Cottingham, both of Morton; two brothers, Art and Chuck Thome,

both of Peoria; one sister, Cheryl Diegel

ASA National Softball Hall of Fame Member

 

Year Inducted: 1966
Hometown: Peoria, IL 
Category: Women's Fast Pitch 
Division: Women's Fast Pitch


If there was one thing that made Carolyn Hart more than just another player, it was her hustle.

“I learned from coach Chuck McCord that if you didn’t hustle all the time, you would be just average,

” said Hart. “ He was a great coach and I learned a great deal from him.” Hart was anything but

 average. Five times she earned ASA All-America honors: 1950, 1951, 1952, 1959 and 1955.

She had a lifetime batting average of .301 after retiring in 1962 to devote more time to her family.

She was born November 20, 1930 and passed away March 10, 1996 at age 65 after battling MS

for more than 20 years. Known as Cotton Top or Cotton because of her striking blonde hair,

Hart was the youngest player ever to play for the Caterpillar Dieselettes (1947-1955) at 16.

After the Dieselettes folded, Hart joined the Pekin Lettes and played until retiring. In 156 games,

Hart batted 1,873 times, scored 460 runs (leading her team eight times), hit 171 doubles

(leading the team five times), 31 triples, 68 homers (leading her team seven years)

and stole 160 bases (leading her team six years).

 

                          
                           Carolyn Thome Hart
 

 

Carolyn Thome, a member of the Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame and the Illinois State Softball Hall of Fame,

produced 561 base hits with the Caterpillar and Pekin Lettes from 1947 through 1962 and had 26 more

in 10 national tournaments.

Carolyn was the Aunt of Peoria Illinois' Professional Baseball Player

of the Chicago White Sox Jim Thome

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Caryl Moehring - 1985

Casey Westermann - 2008

Charlie Brown - 1991 - Manager

Charlotte Daniel - 1944 to 1947

Chele Maynard - 1991 - (1B)

Cheryl Forgason - 1984 to 1987

Chris Ward - 1991 - (P)

Chrissy Fisher - 2006

Christine Rodriques - 2006

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Chuck McCord - Coach - 1947 to 1972 - Record of 886 & 201

CHARLES MCCORD

CHILLICOTHE - Charles L. ''Chuck'' McCord, 79, of 218 W. Elm died at 5:45 p.m. Monday,

March 19, 2001, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

Born June 4, 1921, in East Lynn to Frank and Mabel Luxton McCord, he married

Wilma Lee Fitzpatrick on June 17, 1967, in East Lynn. She survives. Also surviving

are three daughters, Kimberly McCord-Truniger (and Greg Truniger), Tena (and Garwin)

Shane and Jodie Armstrong, all of Chillicothe

ASA National Softball Hall of Fame Member

Charles L. McCord

 

 

 

 

              Softball Slow and Fastpitch - Book

                              by Chuck McCord & Marian Kneer

       Book, Wm. C. Brown Publishers - January 1991   
         ISBN: 0697152553   DOI: 
10.1036/0697152553

Year Inducted: 1977

Hometown: Chillicothe, IL


Category: Meritorious ServiceDivision:

Distinguished himself as women’s fast pitch manager, Illinois ASA commissioner and ASA president.

As a manager, won 886 games and lost 201 in 26 years. Teams competed in 18 ASA nationals and 26 regionals.

Team’s best finish in national tourney was third three times. In 1951, was named Illinois ASA commissioner after

being interim for one year. Served as 24th president of the ASA from 1984-85. A 1944 graduate of Eastern Illinois

University, he is a member of the University’s Hall of Fame. Won seven letters at EIU competing in track, baseball

and basketball. Former chairman of the National Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Was appointed first chairman in

1957 and served until 1992. In 1983 was elected to Peoria Hall of Fame. Instrumental in starting Illinois ASA Hall of Fame.

Also honorary member of Indiana and Indianapolis ASA Halls of Fame. Served as Illinois ASA commissioner for 50 years

before passing away March 19th, 2001 at age 79. Only one of three people to have served as a commissioner for 50 years.

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Cindy Diamond - 1972

Cindy Eggemeyer - 1984 to 1987

Cindy Stein - 1983

Colleen Byrnes - 1960 to 1961

???   Cornelius - 1943

Corky Duhlstine - 1975

Cyndi Hoffman - 1983

Cynthia Adams Butkovich - 1963 to 1966

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Darlene Wenner - 1956 to 1966 (P) - 13 Wins & 10 Losses (.565)

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Deanna Hacker - 1983

Debbie Becker - 1985

Debbie White - 1985

Debbie Zoss - 1970

Dee Dee Fay - 1987

Diane Manley - 1964 to 1966

Donita Williams Wightman - Played for the Lettes 1993 & 1994 and subbed 1995 & 1996

Donna Stewart - 1987

Donna Whittington - 1976

Dorothy Maple (Adams) - 1947 (Passed in 2010)

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Dorothy (Rogy) Hutt- 1939 to 1943

 

Rogy, Janet
 

PEORIA - Janet E. Rogy, age 86, of Peoria passed away at 6:20 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, in Mountain Home, Ark.

She was born July 26, 1921, in Lincoln, Ill., to Frederick R. and

A. Josephine (Sheley) Franz. She married Willis E. Rogy Sr. on Oct. 4,

1941, in St. Louis, Mo. He passed away Sept. 19, 1988, in Peoria.

She was also preceded in death by three sisters; one grandson,

Billy Watt; and one great-granddaughter, Hannah Watt.

Survivors include three daughters, Barbara (Robert) Kelsh of Mountain Home, Ark.,

Lora (Dave) Morse of Mountain Home, Ark., and Karen (Jack) Rohde of Oak Leaf,

Texas; one son, Willis E. "Bill" (Becky) Rogy Jr.; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren;

one sister, Dorothy Castle of Morton; and one brother, John R. (Shirley) Franz of Peoria Heights.

Janet worked for Caterpillar Inc. for five years and was a player for the

state championship Caterpillar Dieselettes softball team from 1937 to 1941.

She was very active at Tyng and Trewyn schools when her children were young, also serving

as a Girl Scout leader. She was a member of the Manual High School Parent and Boosters

 Club for 28 years. She was president of the South-Towners Homeowners Association and

a precinct committeewoman for District 1 in Peoria for 35 years. She also served on the

Peoria Redevelopment Committee. She was chairman for the March of Dimes in the First

District for several years.

Janet was a permanent member of the Women's International Bowling Congress, a past

director of the Peoria Women's Bowling Association and bowled for many years in several

leagues. She was inducted into the Greater Peoria Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 2006.

She was also an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. She loved fishing, bowling, card playing

and gardening. She was of the Baptist faith.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel.

The Rev. Kirk Moser will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria.

Memorials may be made to the Peoria Area USBC Youth Association Scholarship Fund, in care of

Pat Sphar, 4606 N. Weaver Ridge Blvd., Peoria, IL 61615.

Online tributes and condolences may be made at www.mem.com.

Published in the Peoria Journal Star on 1/9/2008.

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Dorothy Stewart - 1940

Dorothy Tipton - 1949

Edith Tallman -

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Edna Louise Albrect - 1954 to 1957 (P) 63 Wins & 9 Losses (.875)

ASA National Softball Hall of Fame Member

Lou was the Voted the 'MOST VALUABLE PLAYER'

at the 1962 ASA Major Womens Fastpitch Tournament at

Stratford Connecticut  .....  for 2nd. Place Whittier Gold Sox
Orange County Lionettes was the National Champions

Year Inducted: 1985
Hometown: Illmo, MO 
Category: Women's Fast Pitch 
Division: Women's Fast Pitch

Bio
Starring as a pitcher and outfielder during a 24-year career, E. Louise Albrecht played for some of the top women’s Major Fast Pitch teams. An outfielder and a pitcher she had a 304-83 pitching record for a .785 winning percentage. Among the teams she played for were the Whittier, CA Gold Sox, Orange, CA Lionettes, California Chaparrals, Dieselettes, Sunnyland Lettes and the Raybestos Brakettes.A native of Illmo, MO, Albrecht had her best season in 1952, winning 56 of 58 games and batting .300. She had a .258 lifetime batting average. In eight ASA national championships, she won 17 games, lost seven, allowed 77 hits, struck out 82 and allowed only 16 earned runs in 160 1/3 innings for an ERA of 0.70. Her six All-America selections were evenly divided between first and second team with first-team selections in 1961, 1962 and 1965 and second-team honors in 1963, 1964 and 1969. In 1962, she also won the tourney’s MVP Award and compiled a 5-2 pitching record.The 5-foot-8, 140-pound Albrecht was a member of national championship teams in 1961 and 1965 and three runners-up: 1966, 1969 and 1972. She was born November 19, 1934. She retired from Southern Connecticut State University in 1992 and was associate athletic director at that time. She was appointed to that position in 1984. She joined the university's athletic staff in 1970. She was born November 19, 1934.

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Elaine Nitz - 1974

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Elanor Frank (Hinton) - 1939 to 1942 (P) - 6 Wins & 1 Loss (.857)

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Eleanor Rudolph - 1946 to 1964 - Lettes Team Captain 1951 to 1962

A.S.A. Illinois State Hall of Fame 'Inductee'

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Elanor Towels - 1946

Ellen Jonas -

Elizabeth Shaner - 1965

Emaliene Owens - 1942 to 1946

Emilee Goad - 2008

Erin Schlofeldt - 2008

Erylene House - 1942

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Esther (Lyman) Kelly - 1946 to 1949 & 1974

(P) - 10 Wins & 2 Losses (.833)

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Esther Torry (Graiff) - 1955 to 1963

Eugene Wilson - Coach - 1940 to 1942 - Record of 92 & 28

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Eulalia Smith - 1946 to 1948  (P) 5 Wins & 0 Losses (1.000)

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Evelyn Starcevic (Burdette) - 1939 to 1940

Evelyn Swanson (Stringham) - 1940

Evelyn Swanson - 1940 to 1942

Faye Heppard -

Florence Beck (Burdette) - 1938

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Florence Root - 1951 (P) - 16 Wins & 4 Loses (.800)

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Fran Seketa - 1963 to 1967

A.S.A. Illinois State Hall of Fame 'Inductee'

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Frances Morelock - 1940 to 1946

Fred Reader - 1992 ( Coach & General Manager to Present Day )

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Gary Brecher - Pekin Times Sports Reporter & Pekin Lettes Fan

Softball - Lettes memorial tonight

PEKIN - The Pekin Lettes will pay tribute to long-time supporter Gary Brecher before

tonight's game against the Washington Cobras at Mineral Springs Park.

Brecher was a former fast-pitch softball player, an umpire in the IHSA and the American

Softball Association for many years and had been involved with the Pekin Lettes in various

aspects for nearly 40 years before passing away at age 62 earlier this spring. Brecher, who

worked in the sports department at the Pekin Daily Times

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Gena Strang - 1988

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Gene Zoss - Coach - 1973 - Record of 37 & 13

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George Molek - Coach - 1945 to 1946 - Record of 42 & 19

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Georgena Irwin - 1985

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Gerry Hamerstrand - 1957 & 1963 to 1972

(P) 108 Wins & 25 Losses (.812)  

A.S.A. Illinois State Hall of Fame 'Inductee'

GERALDINE HAMERSTRAND

GALVA -- Geraldine M. "Gerry" Hamerstrand, 62, of 218 S. Exchange St. died at 2:38 p.m.

Thursday, April 21, 1994, at her residence.

She was born April 27, 1931, in Galva to Maurice and Evalyn Jones Hamerstrand.

Surviving are two brothers, Earle Hamerstrand of Peoria and Don Hamerstrand of

Victoria; three nieces, Cathi Roberts of East Peoria, Julie Barker of Peoria and

Traci Meacham of Princeville; two great-nieces; and one great-nephew.

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Gerry McCormack (Troth) - 1939 to 1940

Gertrude Wooters (Milton) - 1939 to 1940

Gigi MacIntosh - 1985

Gladys Mayer (Williams) -1945 to 1946

???   Glenn - 1944

Glenda " Doc " Simmering - 1979

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Gloria Bonali - 1950 to 1952 - (P) - 31 Wins & 5 Losses (.861)

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???   Graham - 1944

Gwen Seputis - 1985

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???  Harlan - 1933 (P) - 7 Wins & 2 Losses (.773)

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Heather Fenton - 1991 - (3B)

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Helen Bradle
  

PEORIA - Helen Teresa Bradle, 88, of Peoria passed away at 4:05 a.m. on Thursday,

April 1, 2010, at her daughter's residence.

She has entered into eternal rest and happiness.

Born Aug. 1, 1921, in Streator, Ill., to William and Anna Visocky Kucavik,

she married Frederick D. Bradle on Nov. 18, 1944, in Peoria.

He preceded her in death on Sept. 5, 1984, in Peoria.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Bonnie; three sisters,

Anne Dunne, Rose Pritchard and Dorothy Lacy; two brothers, William and Richard Kucavik;

and three little angels - two granddaughters and one great-granddaughter.

She is survived by her sons, Edward (Mary Ann), Dave (Sherri) and Daniel (Maribeth) Bradle; her daughters,

Kathie Pierson and Donna (Phil) Van Pool; 17 grandchildren, Shawna, Ryan and Megan Bradle, Carrie Van Bruwaene,

Brad Crilly, Andrea Kuban, Bryan and David Ogle, Travis Bradle, Lisa Colvin, the Rev. Travis, Becky, Stephanie,

Nicole and Noah Bradle, Phillip (Tyler) Van Pool and Misty Jump; 19 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Helen was a graduate of Woodruff High School. She was a Keypunch Operator for Caterpillar Inc.

Although just 4 feet 11 inches in stature, she was an accomplished athlete. In her early years,

she played basketball for the Gipps Brewery Team and also softball for the Caterpillar Dieselletes.

She and her brother, Bill, were accomplished professional roller skaters.

Helen participated in many bowling leagues, winning awards for her 600-plus series.

She loved her family and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, the outdoors, flowers and fishing.

She was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, its choir and the Secular Order of St. Francis.

She was a former parishioner of St. John's Catholic Church and a member of its Altar and Rosary Society.

Helen was also an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Auxiliary Post 8662, serving as an officer and member of its bowling league.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 5, 2010, at Sacred Heart Church, with Franciscan Fathers officiating.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at Wright & Salmon Mortuary.

Additional visitation will be 30 minutes before the Mass at the church. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in West Peoria.

 

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Helen Connors -

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Helen Fehl - 1943 to 1944 (P) - 0 Wins & 1 Loss (.000)

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Helen Hilig - 1947 to 1950

Helen Nesbitt (Lyman)

Ida Rae (Albright) - 1940

Irene Thibault (Koeppel) - 1944

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Irene Kerwin - 1956

Ivany Esch (Faubel) - 1939 to 1940

Jamie McGrath - 2004

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A.S.A. Illinois State Hall of Fame 'Inductee'

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Jan Christiansen - 1983

Jan Cusac - 1978

Jan (Isonhart) Breitbarth - 1950 to 1955

Jan Smith - 1974

Jan Winkler - 1976

Jane Alden - 1985

Jane Grebner - 1978

Jane Klitzing -

Janet Rogy (Franz) - 1940 to 1941

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Janet Gocker - 1957 to 1958

Janet Gocker

WASHINGTON - Janet L. Gocker, 62, of 110 E. Jefferson St. died at 5:55 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2002,

at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

She was born July 21, 1939, in Peoria to Roy and Vivian Israel Gocker. Surviving are her mother

of Washington; two sisters, Emma Jean Bachman of Washington and Jackie Gocker of Peoria;

one niece; and two nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father.

A member of American Legion Post 100 and its Auxiliary, she served in the U. S. Navy.

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Janice Hannerhoff - 1988

Jean Dietrich - 1967 to 1968

Jean Hubbert - 1951

Jean Livengood - 1946

Jean Jones (Platte) - 1939 to 1941

Jean Neuser - 1959

Jenny Beckman - 1991 - (SS)

Jenny McElmeel - 2006

Jenny Shupryt - 1984 to 1987

Jessi Harris - 2006

Jessica Laley - 2006

Jessica Webb - 2007

Jill Pomeranke - 1976

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Joan Nelson - 1951 to 1966 (P) 96 Wins & 23 Losses (.807)

Lettes Team Captain 1963 to 1965

A.S.A. Illinois State Hall of Fame 'Inductee'

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Joan Woloszyk -1974

Joanna Pettit - 2004

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JoAnne Beckmann - 1961 to 1967

A.S.A. Illinois State Hall of Fame 'Inductee'

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JoAnne Irwin - 1971

Jon Johas - 1939 - Coach - Record of 8 & 4

Jonnie Learned (Wadlow) -

Joy Belsley - 1976

Joyce (Conrad) Bills - 1949 to 1950

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Joyce Conway (Opper) - 1953 to 1958 - (P) - 3 Wins & 0 Losses (1.000)

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Joyce Meyer (Reinhardt) - 1957 to 1958

Juanitta Fothergill (McNeill) - 1942 to 1945

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Judy Johnson - Coach - 1st. Year - 1974

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Judy McKinney - 1987

Julia Mapps (Boucher) - 1944

Julia Rhodes - 2004

Julie Gutz - 1947 ( A League of Their Own)

Julie Michiletti - 1983

Julie Schaith - 1991 - (DH-1B)

Kaitlyn Kegley - 2008

Kaitlyn Dyche - 2007

Kallie Walczak - 2006

Karen Friedrich -1971

Karen Guthmiller - 1975

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Karen Harris - 1969 (P) - 6 Wins & 3 Losses

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Karen Marie Pena - 2004

Karen Ramsey - 1976

Karen Roppa - 1971

Karin Richter - 1988

Kate Simmons - 2006

Katey Weber - 2004

Kathy Argo - 1976

Kathy Dollinger - 1985

Kathy Schappaugh - 1977

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Kathy Veroni - 1968 to 1970

 

Kathys' Website :     http://www.kathyveroni.com/

Kathy Veroni's next-door neighbor heard every ball the little girl threw against the brick house on Huffman Boulevard

in Rockford. When Veroni tired of that activity she would go to the park and act as the batting practice catcher for the

 boys playing baseball. She had no chest protector and no mask and was never allowed to do anything but catch,

but she kept coming back. Those games Veroni played initiated a life-long grip between the Western Illinois

University head coach and the game of softball. 
In 34 years at the helm of the Westerwinds' program, Veroni has established herself as one of the premier coaches

in college softball. After taking three out of four games from UMKC last weekend, Veroni increased her career

record to 863-592-2 (.593). Veroni is 11th in career Division I wins among active coaches and 14th all-time.

She has led Western to 26 winning campaigns including 18 consecutive 20-win seasons and trips to the NCAA

Tournament in 1992, 2000 and 2001. 
Ironically, with all of her success at Western, Veroni entered the coaching game almost by accident. After finishing

a Hall of Fame career as a three-sport standout at Illinois State University (she was inducted by Illinois State in 1980),

 Veroni took a teaching position in Pekin and was given an opportunity to try out with the Amateur Softball

Association's Pekin Lettes by her supervising teacher, Pekin Lettes' pitcher Lorene Ramsey.

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Kaye Cram - 1968

Kaye McDonald -

Kelly Waldrup - 1986

Kelsey Musselman - 2006

Kerri Donis - 1988

Kim Rosenbohm - 1985

???   Knowles - 1958

Kris Hasty - 1976

Kristy Brod - 2004

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Laura Gisinger - 1949 to 1950 (P) - 9 Wins & 4 Losses (.692)

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Lauren Snopek - 2007

Leanne Bonifas - 1987

Lee Smith -

Leigh Farina - 2004

Leslie Friedrich - 1971

Leslie Miller - 1983

Lillian Goll - 1947 to 1952

Linda "Fuzzy" Clough - 1978

Linda Marks (Rinkenberger) - 1959 to 1962

Linda Wells - 1988

Lindsay Bauer - 2004

Lisa Bourazak - 1987

Lisa Cantor - 1985

Lisa Peterson - 1985

Liz Ryan - 1988

Lora Gisinger - 1949

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Lorene Ramsey - 1955 to 1972 (P) - 401 Wins & 90 Losses (.886)

ASA National Softball Hall of Fame Member

Lorene Ramsey

  Inductee of
  Greater Peoria Sports "Hall of Fame"
LORENE RAMSEY
Ramsey compiled records as an athlete and a coach which may never be equalled.

Ramsey, the first woman to make the Hall, was the mainstay of the Lettes pitching staff for many years, finishing with a 401-90 record. She was named an All-American in major fast pitch softball four times and took part in many national tournaments in an era when the Lettes were ranked with the top teams in the country. After retiring as an active player, she became softball and basketball coach at Illinois Central. Her basketball teams appeared in nine consecutive national junior college tournaments and had a 12-season record of 276-83 while her ICC softball team won a national championship last spring in Rockford.

On the international scene, Ramsey was assistant coach of the United States Women's softball team that won the gold medal in the Pan American Games in Puerto Rico in 1979, and in 1981 she was assistant coach of the United States basketball team that won the Silver Medal at the World University games in Romania.

 

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Lori Pankratz - 2007

Lorraine McManus -

Lucille Eslinger - 1942 to 1950 (P) - 84 Wins & 26 Loses (.764)

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Lucy Lootens - 1975

Lynn Hippensteel - 1967 to 1970

Lynn Rochester - 1991 - (OF)

Mable Berry Ryner Stevenson- 1943 to 1944

Madeline Dotta - 1951 to 1956

Mae Finney - 1939

Mae Summers - 1942 to 1943

Mandy (Keen) Anderson - 1993 to 1994
Marcia Burroughs - 1977

Margaret Bozsoki - 1948

Margaret Hoffman -

Margie Eckhoff - 1974

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Margie Wright - 1984

 

  Margie Wright
Margie Wright

Player Profile
Hometown:
Warrensburg, Ill.

Last College:
Illinois State, 1974

Position:
Head Coach, 22nd year

School/Career:
1,043-336-1/21 years; 1,206-428-3/27 years

 

Photo of head softball coach and two team members.  Margie Wright - Center

Former Pekin Lettes Player (1984) and Fresno State head softball Coach Margie

Wright meets with her pitcher during one of the Bulldogs' games this year.

 Wright guided the Bulldogs to the NCAA Championship this season.

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Marie Ballard - 1973

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Marilyn Bradley - 1967

Name: Marilyn Bradley
Email: leemare@airbits.com
Date: Fri Feb 16 00:14:17 EST 2007
As a former Pekin Lette, I think this is wonderful!!

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Marilyn Whitman - 1969

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Marilyn Harris - 1972 & 1973

Name: Marilyn Harris
Email: mcharris24@wi.rr.com
Date: Thu Feb 15 22:54:07 EST 2007
Friend and former teammate Marlys Taber sent your site address 
and info to me
Played two years with the Lettes.
It was a great priviledge to play with the Lettes during McCord's and Ramsey's 
last year '72.
Enjoyed the site--and will pass the info onto others.

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Marian Kneer - 1942 to 1951

Softball: Slow and Fast Pitch 
by Marian Kneer, Charles L. McCord       Book, Wm. C. Brown Publishers (January 1991
  
ISBN: 0697152553                      DOI:
10.1036/0697152553


Pub. Date: 1994-07-2001                        Copyright: 1995 

 

Marian Kneer
Marian "Gabby" Kneer has devoted her life to athletics and education. Now a resident of Western Springs,
a Chicago suburb and a retired professor from the University of Illinois-Chicago, Kneer was called the "world's
greatest softbaIl catcher" in the late 1940's. And for a long time, people didn't even know her first name, just
calling her "Gabby" Kneer - maybe because of the way she continually chirped encouraging words to her teammates.

A graduate of Woodruff High School and Illinois State University with a doctorate in physical education from the
University of Michigan, Kneer was a tireless promoter of sports for girls in Illinois high schools, and was a co-founder
and leader for permitting competitive interscholastic sports.

Marian taught at East Peoria High School from 1949 until 1968, going from there to the University of Illinois-Chicago.
She gave up sports to concentrate on her teaching career. Her sports honors included membership in the Illinois State
University Athletic Hall of Fame, the Illinois Softball Hall of Fame, and Illinois Coaches Association for Girls and Women
Hall of Fame. A catcher for ten years, her sports career also included basketball, field hockey,
and coaching girl's basketball.

A .323 lifetime hitter, she caught for five state and three world championship teams as a member of the Caterpillar
Dieselettes. Kneer played basketball locally for the Dieselettes and Gipps Brewery teams. Her professional experience
includes numerous publications pertaining to physical education on the State, National, and International levels.
She co-authored "Softball-Fast and Slow Pitch" with Chuck McCord, previous Hall of Fame
Inductee - now in its fifth edition.

Kneer served in every elective position of the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation as well
as with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. Currently a Professor Emeritous from the University
of Illinois-Chicago, she is a consultant for Physical Education..

  Marian Kneer

Marian Kneer
Player Profile
Hometown:
Peoria Heights, Ill.

 

Honors graduate of 1949 ... member of the Illinois State Amateur Softball Hall of Fame,

having caught for five state champion teams with the Peoria Caterpillar Dieselettes ...

had a distinguished amateur basketball career ... was on the Illinois-Chicago Circle Faculty ...

has held every elective office in the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation,

including that of President in 1972.

 
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Marion Phillipson - 1944

Marjorie Grundy (Frye) 1936 - 1939

Martha Irby (Bahnfleth) - 1961 to 1967

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Marlys Taber - 1964

Name: Marlys (Taber) Watts
Email: mkwatts@iowatelecom.net
Date: Thu Feb 15 22:03:59 EST 2007
Love the sight and looking up myself and former teammates in the pictures,articles, etc.

Glad to see the team is still ongoing. Thanks for setting up the site.
1965-1976?

ASA National Softball Hall of Fame Member

 

 

 

 

 

Year Inducted:1991

Hometown:Paw Paw, IL 
Category:Women's Fast Pitch 
Division:Women's Fast Pitch


Marlys Taber’s major fast pitch career started at 14 years-old in 1958 for the Earlville Victorians of Earlville, IL and concluded in 1983 when she was forced to retire because of acute tendonitis resulting from a shoulder injury. Five times Taber was selected an ASA All-American. She was a first-team choice in 1978 and 1980 and a second teamer in 1965 (.385 batting average), 1966 (.250 BA) and 1976 (.238 BA). Besides being an All-American, Taber played in three ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch All-Star Series, 1966, 1969 and 1977, and batted .389 in the 1966 Series to lead all hitters. In 1979, she received an invitation to try out for the 1979 USA Pan American team. After her playing career, Taber taught physical education plus coached basketball, soccer, volleyball and golf. She retired in 1995 and finds herself “extremely busy golfing, making craft projects and participating in community activities,” living in Dows, IA.Taber is a 1966 graduate of Illinois State University and was elected to the university’s hall of fame in 1982. In 1989, she was elected to the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame. She calls her election to the ASA Softball Hall of Fame in 1991 “the greatest thrill of her career.” She was born March 4, 1944.

 

  Maryls Kay Taber
Maryls Kay Taber
Player Profile

 

A 1966 graduate, played field hockey, basketball, volleyball, and softball at Illinois State ... she also made her mark in the record book of the Amateur Softball Association in her 2 years of summer fastpitch softball competition ... she was an all-state shortstop, first and second team All-American and has played for the nationally ranked Pekin Lettes and the Greater Milwaukee Bankettes ... she taught and coached at Golf Junior High School in Morton Grove and coached at Niles North High School.

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Marty Green - 1965 to 1966

Mary Roberts (Dodge) - 1949

 

 

 

Mary E. Frank -

Mary Hammond - 1949 to 1950

Mary Moak - 1948 to 1949

Mary Ann Schmied - 1971

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Mary Marie Wadlow - 1941 to 1950 (P) - 77 Wins & 17 Losses (.819)

ASA National Softball Hall of Fame Member

 

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    1917 - 1979

Year Inducted: 1957
Hometown: Peoria, IL 
Category: Women's Fast Pitch 
Division: Women's Fast Pitch

Bio
The first female inductee into the National Softball Hall of Fame, M. Marie Wadlow compiled a pitching record of 341 wins and 52 defeats between 1929 and 1950. In seven years with the Caterpillar Dieselettes of Peoria, IL Wadlow compiled a record of 107 wins and only 18 losses. Former manager Chuck McCord called Marie “one of the greatest competitors I’ve seen anywhere.”Growing up playing softball on the sandlots of St. Louis, Wadlow said her greatest thrill in softball came in the 1950 ASA national championship. She had a 2-2 record in the tourney, striking out 26 batters. “We had a 17-inning 1-0 loss to the Phoenix Ramblers, giving us third place in the national tourney at San Antonio,” said Marie. “The thrill was watching the Ramblers come back in the evening after that more than three-hour struggle in the intense heat of the afternoon. We had about two hours rest, then beat the undefeated Orange Lionettes 1-0 in 11 innings. We then took a half hour rest, then lost a heart-breaking 15 inning game to Orange, 3-1, for the championship. “It was 43 innings in about 11 hours,” continued Wadlow. “ Bertha (Ragan) Tickey pitched 26 innings in the last two games for Orange. She was knocked to the ground by a vicious line drive in one of the games, only to get up and finish the game and the tournament.”Wadlow retired from the Caterpillar Tractor Company in February of 1977. She also is a member of three other Halls of Fame. Wadlow passed away April 6th, 1979 at age 61.

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Mary Stull -

 

 

 

Marzella Litwiller - 1948 to 1949

Maxine Shute (Crump) - 1947 to 1948

???   McDowell - 1944

Meaghan Bauer - 2008

Megan Harper - 2006

???   Meir - 1944

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Melanie (Maynard) Rice - 1987 to 1991 - (OF)

I.C.C. Under Lorene Ramsey & then to E.I.U.

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Merry Anne Schmied - 1971

 

 

Merry Anne Schmied

 

 

 

 

 

Player Profile

 

Hometown:
East Peoria, Ill.

 

 

A standout in softball and basketball at Illinois State for four seasons

and in field hockey for three seasons through 1970 ... she played in

national softball and basketball tournaments, and was named to the

Omaha College World Series all-star team at first base her junior and

senior years ... she captained both of those sports ... she also was

selected to AAU All-State basketball teams and to the Midwest College

Field Hockey Association All-College second team ... played for the

Pekin Lettes softball team for a season after graduation, and later

taught in the Tri-Valley school system at Downs.

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Michelle Dedin - 1988

Michelle Mihalakis - 1976

Michele Turner (Simpson) - 1990 to 1997

Mickey Schallau - 1968

Mildred Ross -

Mildred Scheffel

Minnie Pyell -

Monya Renner - 1946

???   Mote - 1944

Nadine Hoffman (Frazee) - 1944 to 1945

Nancy Nelson -

Nancy Rist - 1971

Nancy Roth - 1979

Nancy Sipek - 1975

Nancy Shay - 1973

Nelda Waddell - 1949 to 1951

Nicki Lockwood - 1985

Nicole Buse - 2006

Norma Harlan (Fox) - 1939 to 1940

 
Norma Harden - 1951 to 1956

 

 

 

 

PEORIA HEIGHTS - Norma Harden, 82, of Peoria Heights passed

 away at 6:33 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, at Washington Christian Village in Washington, Ill.

 She was born on Aug. 2, 1928, in Maquon, Ill., to Kermit and Hazel Martin Harden.

Surviving are one sister, Margaret (George) Van Houten of Bella Vista, Ark.;

one brother, Kermit (Ann) Harden of Urbana, Ill.; a lifelong friend, Joan Nelson of Peoria Heights;

sister-in-law, Dorothy Harden of Mesa, Ariz.; six nieces and nephews; 12 great-nieces and -nephews;

and four great-great-nieces and -nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Gordon and Eldon.

Norma was a manager at Caterpillar Inc.

She played for the Caterpillar Dieselettes softball team and the Pekin Lettes softball team.

She also was an avid bowler and golfer in Caterpillar leagues, and loved working with wood.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, at Wright & Salmon Mortuary

with Pastor Karl Kraemer officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and 30 minutes

before the services at the mortuary. Burial will be in Fairview Township Cemetery in Fairview, Ill.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association or St. Jude Midwest Affiliate.

Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com.

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Norma (Humphrey) Noske - 1941 to 1948

Ona Winkler (Chaney) - 1953 to 1955

Olivia Rosa - 2004

Pam Aurbeck - 1979

Pam Brown - 1987

Pam Casper - 1985

Pam Ernst - 1985

Pam Towery - 1977

Patti Russo - 1985

Paula Buscher - 1983

Pat Alexander - 1964 to 1969

Pat McSwegin (Campobello) - 1965 to 1966

Pat Truckenbrod - 1977

Pat Wiss -1974

Patty Busby - 1987

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Patty Cutright - 1976 

             A.S.A. Illinois State Hall of Fame 'Inductee' 2000

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Pauline Meier - 1944

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Pauline (Schlicher) Stauch - 1950 to 1967

Lettes Team Captain 1963 to 1967

A.S.A. Illinois State Hall of Fame 'Inductee'

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Peggy Schad - 1974

Priscilla Welch - 1994

Rachel Muller - 1991 - (C-1B)

Rachael Sinks - 2006

Rachael Smith - 2006

Raye Gordon - 2007

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Robbie (Price) Andrews - 1942 to 1944 (P) - 1 Win & 1 Loss (.500)

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Rosalie Pritchard (Kucavich) - 1939

Rosa Linsley (Fisher) - 1941 to 1944

Rose Yocum - 1979

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Ruth Elston (Bockhold) - 1966 to 1969 (P) 1 Win & 0 Losses (1.000)

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Ruth Carwile -

Ruth Schwartz (Messer) 1941 to 1943

Ruth Witt - 1950

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Sandy Lambur - Manager - Coach 1981 - 1989 ( 203 Wins & 127 Loses )

Sandy Lambur has found success at every level she has coached. In eight seasons at Dunlap High School,

she was 144-91 and took the Eagles to a fourth place finish in the 1992 Class A state tournament.

 In major women’s fastpitch, she coached the Pekin Lettes into the National Tournament

and took the Fresno (Calif.) Force to a final four

appearance in 1990.

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Sandy Manchee - 1969

SANDRA MANCHEE

METAMORA - Sandra K. Manchee, 51, of 1620 Burdette St. died at 3 a.m. Wednesday,

Sept. 27, 2000, at her residence.

She was born Feb. 13, 1949, in Abilene, Kan., to Ralph and Twila Engelhardt Manchee.

Surviving are her parents of Ocala, Fla.; one sister, Penelope (and John) Graves of

Kent, Ohio; Debra Lasater of Metamora, with whom she made her home for the past

18 years; Michael Lasater at home, whom she helped raise; and two nephews.

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 Sandy Piccoli Griggs- 1980 -1987

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Sarah Halloway - 2006

Sara Loete - 2007

Sarah Marting - 2006

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Saralee Storts - 1943 to 1945 (P) - 1 Win & ) Losses (1.000)

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Sharon Sipp (Mankle) - 1960 to 1962

Shayna Bradford - 2004

???   Shaw - 1944

Shelley Chouinard - 1985

Sherri Grant - 1974

Sherry Armstrong - 1974

Sherry Diegel (Thome) - 1957

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Shirley Burch (Coney Vrell) - 1949 to 1954

A.S.A. Illinois State Hall of Fame 'Inductee'

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Shirley Horwedel - 1961 to 1963

Shirley Kent (Muller) -

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Skip Penning - Lettes Coach - 2002 to 2005 Record - 81 Wins & 62 Loses

Skip Penning

Skip Penning - Illinois Central College Assistant Softball Coach

Coach Penning is in his fourth year the I.C.C. Cougar assistant softball coach.

Skip coached the Pekin Lettes for four Seasons , a storied Women's Major

Open softball team. In August of 2003, the Pekin Lettes hosted the ASA

Women's Open National Tournament.

He has previously coached summer travel teams such as the Pekin Lil Lettes

16-Under and the Illinois Impact 18-Under. Skip played softball for Hanks Hardware

of Pekin. While coaching and playing 3rd base in their 1998 State Championship year,

he made the all tournament team. His team also placed 4th in the Nationals that year.

A life-long resident of Pekin, Skip works for Chicago Contract Cleaning as a supervisor

 in the East Peoria Grade Schools. He and his wife, Stephani, have two children,

Amanda (ICC '01) and Colton.

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Stacey Strack - 2004

Stephanie Johnson - 1984 to 1985

Stephanie Miller - 2007

Stephanie Ramsey - 2006

Sue Polson - 1985

Sue Wagoner - 1983

Sunne Bea Thomas - 1959 to 1965

Susan Lonergan - 1974

Susie Barrett - 1985

Tammy Breitbarth - 1977

Teresa Morgan - 1977

Teresa Norris - 1974

Teri O'Brien - 1983 to 1987

Terry Becker - 1985

???   Thompson - 1942

T. J. Matheny - 2007

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Tom Gilles - Coach 1983 - 26 Wins & 29 Loses

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Toni Aden - 1972

Tonya Gilles Koch -  1979 to 1985 - Playing for the Pekin Lettes, Ramsey’s former team, and in 1979 broke Ramsey’s record for pitching victories by a rookie (18).  “She pitched for the Pekin Lettes for seven years and had a real successful career there,” Ramsey said. “She won more games in her first season than I did, but I didn’t get to pitch until July. (Coach) Chuck McCord didn’t like rookies.”

Toone Gisinger - 1953 - 1954

Torie Bunzell - 2008

Tracy Gilmore - 1986

Trish Kowalewski - 2006

Tudy Schmeid - 1971

??? Vaughn - 1946

ValerieList - 1975

Velma Doty - 1939

Velma White (Harris) - 1939 to 1942

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Vera Gutz Toney - 1947 "A League of Their Own"

Name: vallie toney
Email: vallie3@columbus.rr.com
Date: Sat Mar 22 23:39:39 EDT 2008

My mother was Vera Gutz Toney. She played for the team in 1947, four years before I was born.

The movie "A League of their Own" was losely based about her and her sister, Julie Gutz and their

experience on the team. She died when I was nine of cancer. I would love to know more about her

and this time as well as the scedule now of the current ball team so that I can visit and watch the

team sometime. Thanks

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Vera Hillers (Vicic)

Veronica Weaver -2003

Virginia Luciana - 1941 to 1945

Virginia Laible (Tiezzi) - 1947

Wendy Smith - 1979

Whitney Gregory - 2007

Zami Mogill - 1985

Through 1988

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of a Player below, Please send Your Info to Me by typing Your

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that You would like Us to know about the Pekin Lettes.

Thanks,

Scott Shults - Pekin Lettes Announcer

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Our Current Listings - 1939 to 1988 - Missing 1989 & 1990

1991 to Present

250 + names thus far

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Players from the Past 75 +Years 

Plus Managers & Coaches

of the Pekin Lettes - 1959 to Present

includes the Caterpillar Dieselettes 1933-1955

and the Sunnyland Lettes 1956-1958

Check back for Further Additions 

1991 Lettes Roster Names Added Recently

1987 Lettes Roster Names Added Recently

Name of Player & First Year Played with the Lettes
If Only One Year is Listed - That is the First Year of a Player Being a Lettes Team Member
We Still Have Not Been Able to Get Records from Some Past Coach & Managers
 

Adolph Fisher - Coach - 1943 to 1944 - Record of 47 & 17

Adrienne Berry - 1969 to 1970

Allyson Carter - Hattermann - 1994 to 1997

Althea Fitton (Knoll) - 1939

???   Ames - 1941

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Amy Irene Applegren - 1941 to 1942 (P) - 28 Wins & 8 Loses (.778)

            

After the Dieselettes Played with the "Girls Professional Ball League" Rockford Peaches
Amy Applegren was getting a paycheck for playing professional baseball before she was out of high school.
Graduating from Peoria Manual in 1945, Applegren had already played one full season in the All-American Girls Baseball

League in 1944, the second year the league, founded by late Chicago Club owner Phil Wrigley, was in existence.
The league lasted for a dozen seasons, from 1943 through 1954 and Applegren, a lefthanded pitcher and first baseman

who earlier had pitched for the Caterpillar Dieselettes, played in all but the first and last seasons.
This was major league baseball for women and only a few played as long as Applegren or saw as many changes in the game.

Over the years the pitching rules were changed nine times while she was hurling: the size of the ball was reduced four times

and the mound was moved back five times.

She began playing for the Rockford Peaches in 1944, one year after the team that was featured in the hit movie "A League

Of Their Own". Later she was with Muskegon, went back to Rockford and ended with South Bend in 1953. And during her

eight-year pitching career they kept changing pitching rules. In 1944 the ball was 12 inches in circumference, pitchers pitched

underhand and the distance to home plate was 40 feet. In her final years the ball was 10 inches, pitching was overhand and

the distance was 55 feet.
In all, she pitched in 205 games, played in a total of 386, had a 94-91 pitching record with an ERA under three her first three

years and then two of 1.06 and 1.76.
Peoria was part of the league from 1946 through 1951 but Applegren never had a chance to play for her hometown,

just against it.

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Amy Bishel - 1985

Amy Gordon - 2004

Amy West - 2006

Angie Gouldschaal - 1991 (P)

Angie Wolfe - 1987

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Ann Elliott - (P) - 40 Wins & 25 Losses (.615)

Ann Martin (Glaub Aleksich) -

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Anne Irwin - 1971

(New) Annie Gregory - 1998--2000

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Ann Tindall (Mullins) - 1963 to 1970 & 1972

Ann Millins Tindall

You name the sport and Ann Mullins Tindall has played or coached it.

The list seems not to end: major women's softball, college and MU basketball, volleyball, tennis, track, field hockey, soccer.
A native of Butler, Illinois who attended Hilisboro High School and Carthage College, Mullins began her major impact on
the local scene when she became the Number 1 catcher of the Pekin Lettes when that team, with Lorene Ramsey as one
of the nation's top pitchers, was in its prime.
Rated by Ramsey "the best catcher in the country between 1964 and 1970", Mullins was extremely quick on her feet,
had a brilliant throwing arm and hit with great power. Her 27 home runs is second on the all-time Lettes list despite her
comparatively short eight-season career with the team.
She batted .295 for the Lettes and produced 282 hits. She was chosen to numerous all-tournament teams and inducted
into the Illinois ASA Hall of Fame in 1976.
She played AAU basketball in Peoria and Pekin from 1963 through 1971 and was a seven-time all-stater. A top scorer and
rebounder, she advanced to the last cut in the Olympic Development Training camp for the selection of the 1967 United
States Pan-American team.
Once she scored 50 points in a basketball game for Carthage against Southern Illinois. She is a member of the Central
Amateur Athletic Union Hall of Fame and the Carthage College Hall of Fame.
She was a third team Midwest selection in field hockey, coached girls tennis and track at Central High School and coached
soccer in the Peoria Parochial League. She also has served as president of the Peoria Soccer Club.
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Anne Ross - 1942

Anne Elliott (Ross) - 1943 to 1946

Anne Meyer (Osterman) - 1958 to 1959

Annelle Griffin - 1975

Annie White - 1991 - (OF-2B)

Ashley Birdsong - 2008

Ashley Quick - 2004

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Barbara Arrowsmith - 1949-50

Arrowsmith DECATUR - Barbara Lee Arrowsmith, 70

of Decatur died 4:15 p.m. Saturday (July 27, 2002) in St. Mary's Hospital.

There will be no services. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial will be at a later date in Fairlawn Cemetery.

Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary,

5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT 84741-5000.

Barb was born March 3, 1932, in Decatur. She was a graduate of Stephen Decatur High School and worked for A.E. Staley

Mfg. Co. for 18 years. She later worked for St. Mary's Hospital as a licensed practical nurse, retiring after 13 years.

She was an ASA Softball player. At age 17, she was picked by Pekin Caterpillar Dieselettes for tournament play.

She was an all-state pitcher and player for several Decatur area teams, including Jarvis Wildcats, Butterfield,

Merchanetts and Perfect Windettes. In 1965, the Perfect Windettes won the ASA Women's State Softball Tournament

and Barb was the Tournament's Most Valuable Player. She served as organist for many years at Church of the

Brethren and Northwest Christian Church. At Northwest Christian Church, she directed the children's choir musicals.

She was a volunteer at Scovill Zoo and loved to drive the train.

Surviving are her aunts, Geneva Thornell of Marion, Ind.; Kathleen Arrowsmith of Alton; several cousins in Marion and Ohio;

her faithful companion, Shadow; and many other friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, father, stepfather and two uncles.

A special thank-you to all the doctors, nurses and staff of the second floor of St. Mary's Hospital, her loving caregivers and

Dr. Harriett Held.

She was a generous and caring friend who will be missed by all her friends and family

 

 

 

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Barbara Fuller - Dieselettes 1945 to 1956

( Lettes Manager - Coach 1974 - 1980 )  249 Wins - 124 Loses

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Barbara Waddell - 1959 to 1963

 

Barbara Wadell
Player Profile
Hometown:
Pekin, Ill.

Experience:
1963

 

A 1963 Illinois State graduate who played in national tournaments in three sport:

 field hockey, basketball and softball ..

an outfielder with the Pekin Lettes from 1959-63 ...

twice co-captained the basketball squad at Illinois State ...

later became chairman of girls physical education at Pekin Community High School.

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Becky Mohn - 1976

Becky Zuspann Jarvis - 1987

Belle Craig - 1983

Bernice Piffner - 1978

Bernie Burns - 1983 - 1987

Bernie Coffman - 1988

Betty Brown -

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Betty Eldred (McCarty) - 1940 to 1941 (P) 51 Wins & 8 Losses (.864)

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Betty Tipton - 1949

Betty Wanless - 1944 to 1947

Beulah Rosenberg (Belcher)

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Beverly Brown - 1948 to 1964

A.S.A. Illinois State Hall of Fame 'Inductee'

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Beverly Litweiller (Pleines) - 1960

Bobbi Mattingly - 1984

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Bonnie Swanson - 1965 - 1972 (.268 ) 4 Home Runs - Chillicothe, Illinois

Name: Bonnie Swanson
Email: ybjs89@a5.com
Date: Sat Mar 22 22:01:10 EDT 2008
WOW! What a great site. Thanks. And hi to all from over the years. 1965-72

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Bonnie Welch - 1946

Bree Milnes - 2007

Brenda Gilles - 1984

Brittany Dehler - 2004

Brooke Benson - 2004

Burdella Stilley - 1939

Burdella Cunningham (Stilley) - 1939 to 1940

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Carol Springman (Swettenham) - 1952 to 1956 (P) - 12 Wins & 4 Loses (.750)

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Carolyn Thome Hart- 1947 to 1962

CAROLYN THOME HART

MORTON -- Carolyn R. Hart, 65, of 1208 S. Main St. died at midnight Sunday, March 10, 1996,

at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

Born Nov. 12, 1930, in Peoria to Charles A. and Lois A. Mason Thome, she married

Raymond E. Hart on Dec. 31, 1959, in Peoria. He survives.

Also surviving are one son, Mike of East Peoria; two daughters, Mrs. John (Teresa) Allred

and Mrs. Jeff (Michelle) Cottingham, both of Morton; two brothers, Art and Chuck Thome,

both of Peoria; one sister, Cheryl Diegel

ASA National Softball Hall of Fame Member

 

Year Inducted: 1966
Hometown: Peoria, IL
Category: Women's Fast Pitch
Division: Women's Fast Pitch


If there was one thing that made Carolyn Hart more than just another player, it was her hustle.

“I learned from coach Chuck McCord that if you didn’t hustle all the time, you would be just average,

” said Hart. “ He was a great coach and I learned a great deal from him.” Hart was anything but

 average. Five times she earned ASA All-America honors: 1950, 1951, 1952, 1959 and 1955.

She had a lifetime batting average of .301 after retiring in 1962 to devote more time to her family.

She was born November 20, 1930 and passed away March 10, 1996 at age 65 after battling MS

for more than 20 years. Known as Cotton Top or Cotton because of her striking blonde hair,

Hart was the youngest player ever to play for the Caterpillar Dieselettes (1947-1955) at 16.

After the Dieselettes folded, Hart joined the Pekin Lettes and played until retiring. In 156 games,

Hart batted 1,873 times, scored 460 runs (leading her team eight times), hit 171 doubles

(leading the team five times), 31 triples, 68 homers (leading her team seven years)

and stole 160 bases (leading her team six years).

 

                         
                           Carolyn Thome Hart
 

 

Carolyn Thome, a member of the Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame and the Illinois State Softball Hall of Fame,

produced 561 base hits with the Caterpillar and Pekin Lettes from 1947 through 1962 and had 26 more

in 10 national tournaments.

Carolyn was the Aunt of Peoria Illinois' Professional Baseball Player

of the Chicago White Sox Jim Thome

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Caryl Moehring - 1985

Casey Westermann - 2008

Charlie Brown - 1991 - Manager

Charlotte Daniel - 1944 to 1947

Chele Maynard - 1991 - (1B)

 

 

 

Cheryl Forgason - 1984 to 1987

Chris Ward - 1991 - (P)

Chrissy Fisher - 2006

Christine Rodriques - 2006

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Chuck McCord - Coach - 1947 to 1972 - Record of 886 & 201

CHARLES MCCORD

CHILLICOTHE - Charles L. ''Chuck'' McCord, 79, of 218 W. Elm died at 5:45 p.m. Monday,

March 19, 2001, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

Born June 4, 1921, in East Lynn to Frank and Mabel Luxton McCord, he married

Wilma Lee Fitzpatrick on June 17, 1967, in East Lynn. She survives. Also surviving

are three daughters, Kimberly McCord-Truniger (and Greg Truniger), Tena (and Garwin)

Shane and Jodie Armstrong, all of Chillicothe

ASA National Softball Hall of Fame Member

Charles L. McCord

 

 

 

 

              Softball Slow and Fastpitch - Book

                              by Chuck McCord & Marian Kneer

       Book, Wm. C. Brown Publishers - January 1991   
         ISBN: 0697152553   DOI:
10.1036/0697152553

Year Inducted: 1977

Hometown: Chillicothe, IL


Category: Meritorious ServiceDivision:

Distinguished himself as women’s fast pitch manager, Illinois ASA commissioner and ASA president.

As a manager, won 886 games and lost 201 in 26 years. Teams competed in 18 ASA nationals and 26 regionals.

Team’s best finish in national tourney was third three times. In 1951, was named Illinois ASA commissioner after

being interim for one year. Served as 24th president of the ASA from 1984-85. A 1944 graduate of Eastern Illinois

University, he is a member of the University’s Hall of Fame. Won seven letters at EIU competing in track, baseball

and basketball. Former chairman of the National Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Was appointed first chairman in

1957 and served until 1992. In 1983 was elected to Peoria Hall of Fame. Instrumental in starting Illinois ASA Hall of Fame.

Also honorary member of Indiana and Indianapolis ASA Halls of Fame. Served as Illinois ASA commissioner for 50 years

before passing away March 19th, 2001 at age 79. Only one of three people to have served as a commissioner for 50 years.

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Cindy Diamond - 1972

Cindy Eggemeyer - 1984 to 1987

Cindy Stein - 1983

Colleen Byrnes - 1960 to 1961

???   Cornelius - 1943

Corky Duhlstine - 1975

Cyndi Hoffman - 1983

Cynthia Adams Butkovich - 1963 to 1966

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Darlene Wenner - 1956 to 1966 (P) - 13 Wins & 10 Losses (.565)

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Deanna Hacker - 1983

Debbie Becker - 1985

Debbie White - 1985

Debbie Zoss - 1970

Dee Dee Fay - 1987

Diane Manley - 1964 to 1966

Donita Williams Wightman - Played for the Lettes 1993 & 1994 and subbed 1995 & 1996

Donna Stewart - 1987

Donna Whittington - 1976

Dorothy Maple (Adams) - 1947 (Passed in 2010)

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Dorothy (Rogy) Hutt- 1939 to 1943

 

 

PEORIA - Janet E. Rogy, age 86, of Peoria passed away at 6:20 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, in Mountain Home, Ark.

She was born July 26, 1921, in Lincoln, Ill., to Frederick R. and

A. Josephine (Sheley) Franz. She married Willis E. Rogy Sr. on Oct. 4,

1941, in St. Louis, Mo. He passed away Sept. 19, 1988, in Peoria.

She was also preceded in death by three sisters; one grandson,

Billy Watt; and one great-granddaughter, Hannah Watt.

Survivors include three daughters, Barbara (Robert) Kelsh of Mountain Home, Ark.,

Lora (Dave) Morse of Mountain Home, Ark., and Karen (Jack) Rohde of Oak Leaf,

Texas; one son, Willis E. "Bill" (Becky) Rogy Jr.; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren;

one sister, Dorothy Castle of Morton; and one brother, John R. (Shirley) Franz of Peoria Heights.

Janet worked for Caterpillar Inc. for five years and was a player for the

state championship Caterpillar Dieselettes softball team from 1937 to 1941.

She was very active at Tyng and Trewyn schools when her children were young, also serving

as a Girl Scout leader. She was a member of the Manual High School Parent and Boosters

 Club for 28 years. She was president of the South-Towners Homeowners Association and

a precinct committeewoman for District 1 in Peoria for 35 years. She also served on the

Peoria Redevelopment Committee. She was chairman for the March of Dimes in the First

District for several years.

Janet was a permanent member of the Women's International Bowling Congress, a past

director of the Peoria Women's Bowling Association and bowled for many years in several

leagues. She was inducted into the Greater Peoria Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 2006.

She was also an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. She loved fishing, bowling, card playing

and gardening. She was of the Baptist faith.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel.

The Rev. Kirk Moser will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria.

Memorials may be made to the Peoria Area USBC Youth Association Scholarship Fund, in care of

Pat Sphar, 4606 N. Weaver Ridge Blvd., Peoria, IL 61615.

Online tributes and condolences may be made at www.mem.com.

Published in the Peoria Journal Star on 1/9/2008.

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Dorothy Stewart - 1940

Dorothy Tipton - 1949

Edith Tallman -

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Edna Louise Albrect - 1954 to 1957 (P) 63 Wins & 9 Losses (.875)

ASA National Softball Hall of Fame Member

Lou was the Voted the 'MOST VALUABLE PLAYER'

at the 1962 ASA Major Womens Fastpitch Tournament at

Stratford Connecticut  .....  for 2nd. Place Whittier Gold Sox
Orange County Lionettes was the National Champions

Year Inducted: 1985
Hometown: Illmo, MO
Category: Women's Fast Pitch
Division: Women's Fast Pitch

Bio
Starring as a pitcher and outfielder during a 24-year career, E. Louise Albrecht played for some of the top women’s Major Fast Pitch teams. An outfielder and a pitcher she had a 304-83 pitching record for a .785 winning percentage. Among the teams she played for were the Whittier, CA Gold Sox, Orange, CA Lionettes, California Chaparrals, Dieselettes, Sunnyland Lettes and the Raybestos Brakettes.A native of Illmo, MO, Albrecht had her best season in 1952, winning 56 of 58 games and batting .300. She had a .258 lifetime batting average. In eight ASA national championships, she won 17 games, lost seven, allowed 77 hits, struck out 82 and allowed only 16 earned runs in 160 1/3 innings for an ERA of 0.70. Her six All-America selections were evenly divided between first and second team with first-team selections in 1961, 1962 and 1965 and second-team honors in 1963, 1964 and 1969. In 1962, she also won the tourney’s MVP Award and compiled a 5-2 pitching record.The 5-foot-8, 140-pound Albrecht was a member of national championship teams in 1961 and 1965 and three runners-up: 1966, 1969 and 1972. She was born November 19, 1934. She retired from Southern Connecticut State University in 1992 and was associate athletic director at that time. She was appointed to that position in 1984. She joined the university's athletic staff in 1970. She was born November 19, 1934.

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Elaine Nitz - 1974

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Elanor Frank (Hinton) - 1939 to 1942 (P) - 6 Wins & 1 Loss (.857)

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Eleanor Rudolph - 1946 to 1964 - Lettes Team Captain 1951 to 1962

A.S.A. Illinois State Hall of Fame 'Inductee'

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Elanor Towels - 1946

Ellen Jonas -

Elizabeth Shaner - 1965

Emaliene Owens - 1942 to 1946

Emilee Goad - 2008

Erin Schlofeldt - 2008

Erylene House - 1942

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Esther (Lyman) Kelly - 1946 to 1949 & 1974

(P) - 10 Wins & 2 Losses (.833)

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Esther Torry (Graiff) - 1955 to 1963

Eugene Wilson - Coach - 1940 to 1942 - Record of 92 & 28

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Eulalia Smith - 1946 to 1948  (P) 5 Wins & 0 Losses (1.000)

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Evelyn Starcevic (Burdette) - 1939 to 1940

Evelyn Swanson (Stringham) - 1940

Evelyn Swanson - 1940 to 1942

Faye Heppard -

Florence Beck (Burdette) - 1938

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Florence Root - 1951 (P) - 16 Wins & 4 Loses (.800)

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Fran Seketa - 1963 to 1967

A.S.A. Illinois State Hall of Fame 'Inductee'

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Frances Morelock - 1940 to 1946

Fred Reader - 1992 ( Coach & General Manager to Present Day )

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Gary Brecher - Pekin Times Sports Reporter & Pekin Lettes Fan

Softball - Lettes memorial tonight

PEKIN - The Pekin Lettes will pay tribute to long-time supporter Gary Brecher before

tonight's game against the Washington Cobras at Mineral Springs Park.

Brecher was a former fast-pitch softball player, an umpire in the IHSA and the American

Softball Association for many years and had been involved with the Pekin Lettes in various

aspects for nearly 40 years before passing away at age 62 earlier this spring. Brecher, who

worked in the sports department at the Pekin Daily Times

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Gena Strang - 1988

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Gene Zoss - Coach - 1973 - Record of 37 & 13

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George Molek - Coach - 1945 to 1946 - Record of 42 & 19

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Georgena Irwin - 1985

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Gerry Hamerstrand - 1957 & 1963 to 1972

(P) 108 Wins & 25 Losses (.812)  

A.S.A. Illinois State Hall of Fame 'Inductee'

GERALDINE HAMERSTRAND

GALVA -- Geraldine M. "Gerry" Hamerstrand, 62, of 218 S. Exchange St. died at 2:38 p.m.

Thursday, April 21, 1994, at her residence.

She was born April 27, 1931, in Galva to Maurice and Evalyn Jones Hamerstrand.

Surviving are two brothers, Earle Hamerstrand of Peoria and Don Hamerstrand of

Victoria; three nieces, Cathi Roberts of East Peoria, Julie Barker of Peoria and

Traci Meacham of Princeville; two great-nieces; and one great-nephew.

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Gerry McCormack (Troth) - 1939 to 1940

Gertrude Wooters (Milton) - 1939 to 1940

Gigi MacIntosh - 1985

Gladys Mayer (Williams) -1945 to 1946

???   Glenn - 1944

Glenda " Doc " Simmering - 1979

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Gloria Bonali - 1950 to 1952 - (P) - 31 Wins & 5 Losses (.861)

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???   Graham - 1944

Gwen Seputis - 1985

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???  Harlan - 1933 (P) - 7 Wins & 2 Losses (.773)

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Heather Fenton - 1991 - (3B)

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Helen Bradle
  

PEORIA - Helen Teresa Bradle, 88, of Peoria passed away at 4:05 a.m. on Thursday,

April 1, 2010, at her daughter's residence.

She has entered into eternal rest and happiness.

Born Aug. 1, 1921, in Streator, Ill., to William and Anna Visocky Kucavik,

she married Frederick D. Bradle on Nov. 18, 1944, in Peoria.

He preceded her in death on Sept. 5, 1984, in Peoria.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Bonnie; three sisters,

Anne Dunne, Rose Pritchard and Dorothy Lacy; two brothers, William and Richard Kucavik;

and three little angels - two granddaughters and one great-granddaughter.

She is survived by her sons, Edward (Mary Ann), Dave (Sherri) and Daniel (Maribeth) Bradle; her daughters,

Kathie Pierson and Donna (Phil) Van Pool; 17 grandchildren, Shawna, Ryan and Megan Bradle, Carrie Van Bruwaene,

Brad Crilly, Andrea Kuban, Bryan and David Ogle, Travis Bradle, Lisa Colvin, the Rev. Travis, Becky, Stephanie,

Nicole and Noah Bradle, Phillip (Tyler) Van Pool and Misty Jump; 19 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Helen was a graduate of Woodruff High School. She was a Keypunch Operator for Caterpillar Inc.

Although just 4 feet 11 inches in stature, she was an accomplished athlete. In her early years,

she played basketball for the Gipps Brewery Team and also softball for the Caterpillar Dieselletes.

She and her brother, Bill, were accomplished professional roller skaters.

Helen participated in many bowling leagues, winning awards for her 600-plus series.

She loved her family and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, the outdoors, flowers and fishing.

She was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, its choir and the Secular Order of St. Francis.

She was a former parishioner of St. John's Catholic Church and a member of its Altar and Rosary Society.

Helen was also an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Auxiliary Post 8662, serving as an officer and member of its bowling league.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 5, 2010, at Sacred Heart Church, with Franciscan Fathers officiating.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at Wright & Salmon Mortuary.

Additional visitation will be 30 minutes before the Mass at the church. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in West Peoria.

 

 

 

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Helen Connors -

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Helen Fehl - 1943 to 1944 (P) - 0 Wins & 1 Loss (.000)

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Helen Hilig - 1947 to 1950

Helen Nesbitt (Lyman)

Ida Rae (Albright) - 1940

Irene Thibault (Koeppel) - 1944

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Irene Kerwin - 1956

Ivany Esch (Faubel) - 1939 to 1940

Jamie McGrath - 2004

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A.S.A. Illinois State Hall of Fame 'Inductee'

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Jan Christiansen - 1983

Jan Cusac - 1978

Jan (Isonhart) Breitbarth - 1950 to 1955

Jan Smith - 1974

Jan Winkler - 1976

Jane Alden - 1985

Jane Grebner - 1978

Jane Klitzing -

Janet Rogy (Franz) - 1940 to 1941

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Janet Gocker - 1957 to 1958

Janet Gocker

WASHINGTON - Janet L. Gocker, 62, of 110 E. Jefferson St. died at 5:55 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2002,

at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

She was born July 21, 1939, in Peoria to Roy and Vivian Israel Gocker. Surviving are her mother

of Washington; two sisters, Emma Jean Bachman of Washington and Jackie Gocker of Peoria;

one niece; and two nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father.

A member of American Legion Post 100 and its Auxiliary, she served in the U. S. Navy.

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Janice Hannerhoff - 1988

Jean Dietrich - 1967 to 1968

Jean Hubbert - 1951

Jean Livengood - 1946

Jean Jones (Platte) - 1939 to 1941

Jean Neuser - 1959

Jenny Beckman - 1991 - (SS)

Jenny McElmeel - 2006

Jenny Shupryt - 1984 to 1987

Jessi Harris - 2006

Jessica Laley - 2006

Jessica Webb - 2007

Jill Pomeranke - 1976

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Joan Nelson - 1951 to 1966 (P) 96 Wins & 23 Losses (.807)

Lettes Team Captain 1963 to 1965

A.S.A. Illinois State Hall of Fame 'Inductee'

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Joan Woloszyk -1974

Joanna Pettit - 2004

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JoAnne Beckmann - 1961 to 1967

A.S.A. Illinois State Hall of Fame 'Inductee'

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JoAnne Irwin - 1971

Jon Johas - 1939 - Coach - Record of 8 & 4

Jonnie Learned (Wadlow) -

Joy Belsley - 1976

Joyce (Conrad) Bills - 1949 to 1950

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Joyce Conway (Opper) - 1953 to 1958 - (P) - 3 Wins & 0 Losses (1.000)

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Joyce Meyer (Reinhardt) - 1957 to 1958

Juanitta Fothergill (McNeill) - 1942 to 1945

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Judy Johnson - Coach - 1st. Year - 1974

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Judy McKinney - 1987

Julia Mapps (Boucher) - 1944

Julia Rhodes - 2004

Julie Gutz - 1947 ( A League of Their Own)

Julie Michiletti - 1983

Julie Schaith - 1991 - (DH-1B)

Kaitlyn Kegley - 2008

Kaitlyn Dyche - 2007

Kallie Walczak - 2006

Karen Friedrich -1971

Karen Guthmiller - 1975

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Karen Harris - 1969 (P) - 6 Wins & 3 Losses

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Karen Marie Pena - 2004

Karen Ramsey - 1976

Karen Roppa - 1971

Karin Richter - 1988

Kate Simmons - 2006

Katey Weber - 2004

Kathy Argo - 1976

Kathy Dollinger - 1985

Kathy Schappaugh - 1977

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Kathy Veroni - 1968 to 1970

 

Kathys' Website :     http://www.kathyveroni.com/

Kathy Veroni's next-door neighbor heard every ball the little girl threw against the brick house on Huffman Boulevard

in Rockford. When Veroni tired of that activity she would go to the park and act as the batting practice catcher for the

 boys playing baseball. She had no chest protector and no mask and was never allowed to do anything but catch,

but she kept coming back. Those games Veroni played initiated a life-long grip between the Western Illinois

University head coach and the game of softball.
In 34 years at the helm of the Westerwinds' program, Veroni has established herself as one of the premier coaches

in college softball. After taking three out of four games from UMKC last weekend, Veroni increased her career

record to 863-592-2 (.593). Veroni is 11th in career Division I wins among active coaches and 14th all-time.

She has led Western to 26 winning campaigns including 18 consecutive 20-win seasons and trips to the NCAA

Tournament in 1992, 2000 and 2001.
Ironically, with all of her success at Western, Veroni entered the coaching game almost by accident. After finishing

a Hall of Fame career as a three-sport standout at Illinois State University (she was inducted by Illinois State in 1980),

 Veroni took a teaching position in Pekin and was given an opportunity to try out with the Amateur Softball

Association's Pekin Lettes by her supervising teacher, Pekin Lettes' pitcher Lorene Ramsey.

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Kaye Cram - 1968

Kaye McDonald -

Kelly Waldrup - 1986

Kelsey Musselman - 2006

Kerri Donis - 1988

Kim Rosenbohm - 1985

???   Knowles - 1958

Kris Hasty - 1976

Kristy Brod - 2004

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Laura Gisinger - 1949 to 1950 (P) - 9 Wins & 4 Losses (.692)

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Lauren Snopek - 2007

Leanne Bonifas - 1987

Lee Smith -

Leigh Farina - 2004

Leslie Friedrich - 1971

Leslie Miller - 1983

Lillian Goll - 1947 to 1952

Linda "Fuzzy" Clough - 1978

Linda Marks (Rinkenberger) - 1959 to 1962

Linda Wells - 1988

Lindsay Bauer - 2004

Lisa Bourazak - 1987

Lisa Cantor - 1985

Lisa Peterson - 1985

Liz Ryan - 1988

Lora Gisinger - 1949

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Lorene Ramsey - 1955 to 1972 (P) - 401 Wins & 90 Losses (.886)

ASA National Softball Hall of Fame Member

Lorene Ramsey

  Inductee of
  Greater Peoria Sports "Hall of Fame"
LORENE RAMSEY
Ramsey compiled records as an athlete and a coach which may never be equalled.

Ramsey, the first woman to make the Hall, was the mainstay of the Lettes pitching staff for many years, finishing with a 401-90 record. She was named an All-American in major fast pitch softball four times and took part in many national tournaments in an era when the Lettes were ranked with the top teams in the country. After retiring as an active player, she became softball and basketball coach at Illinois Central. Her basketball teams appeared in nine consecutive national junior college tournaments and had a 12-season record of 276-83 while her ICC softball team won a national championship last spring in Rockford.

On the international scene, Ramsey was assistant coach of the United States Women's softball team that won the gold medal in the Pan American Games in Puerto Rico in 1979, and in 1981 she was assistant coach of the United States basketball team that won the Silver Medal at the World University games in Romania.

 

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Lori Pankratz - 2007

Lorraine McManus -

Lucille Eslinger - 1942 to 1950 (P) - 84 Wins & 26 Loses (.764)

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Lucy Lootens - 1975

Lynn Hippensteel - 1967 to 1970

Lynn Rochester - 1991 - (OF)

Mable Berry Ryner Stevenson- 1943 to 1944

Madeline Dotta - 1951 to 1956

Mae Finney - 1939

Mae Summers - 1942 to 1943

Mandy (Keen) Anderson - 1993 to 1994
Marcia Burroughs - 1977

Margaret Bozsoki - 1948

Margaret Hoffman -

Margie Eckhoff - 1974

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Margie Wright - 1984

 

  Margie Wright
Margie Wright

Player Profile
Hometown:
Warrensburg, Ill.

Last College:
Illinois State, 1974

Position:
Head Coach, 22nd year

School/Career:
1,043-336-1/21 years; 1,206-428-3/27 years

 

Photo of head softball coach and two team members.  Margie Wright - Center

Former Pekin Lettes Player (1984) and Fresno State head softball Coach Margie

Wright meets with her pitcher during one of the Bulldogs' games this year.

 Wright guided the Bulldogs to the NCAA Championship this season.

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Marie Ballard - 1973

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Marilyn Bradley - 1967

Name: Marilyn Bradley
Email: leemare@airbits.com
Date: Fri Feb 16 00:14:17 EST 2007
As a former Pekin Lette, I think this is wonderful!!

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Marilyn Whitman - 1969

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Marilyn Harris - 1972 & 1973

Name: Marilyn Harris
Email: mcharris24@wi.rr.com
Date: Thu Feb 15 22:54:07 EST 2007
Friend and former teammate Marlys Taber sent your site address
and info to me
Played two years with the Lettes.
It was a great priviledge to play with the Lettes during McCord's and Ramsey's
last year '72.
Enjoyed the site--and will pass the info onto others.

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Marian Kneer - 1942 to 1951

Softball: Slow and Fast Pitch
by Marian Kneer, Charles L. McCord       Book, Wm. C. Brown Publishers (January 1991
 
ISBN: 0697152553                      DOI:
10.1036/0697152553


Pub. Date: 1994-07-2001                        Copyright: 1995 

 

Marian Kneer
Marian "Gabby" Kneer has devoted her life to athletics and education. Now a resident of Western Springs,
a Chicago suburb and a retired professor from the University of Illinois-Chicago, Kneer was called the "world's
greatest softbaIl catcher" in the late 1940's. And for a long time, people didn't even know her first name, just
calling her "Gabby" Kneer - maybe because of the way she continually chirped encouraging words to her teammates.

A graduate of Woodruff High School and Illinois State University with a doctorate in physical education from the
University of Michigan, Kneer was a tireless promoter of sports for girls in Illinois high schools, and was a co-founder
and leader for permitting competitive interscholastic sports.

Marian taught at East Peoria High School from 1949 until 1968, going from there to the University of Illinois-Chicago.
She gave up sports to concentrate on her teaching career. Her sports honors included membership in the Illinois State
University Athletic Hall of Fame, the Illinois Softball Hall of Fame, and Illinois Coaches Association for Girls and Women
Hall of Fame. A catcher for ten years, her sports career also included basketball, field hockey,
and coaching girl's basketball.

A .323 lifetime hitter, she caught for five state and three world championship teams as a member of the Caterpillar
Dieselettes. Kneer played basketball locally for the Dieselettes and Gipps Brewery teams. Her professional experience
includes numerous publications pertaining to physical education on the State, National, and International levels.
She co-authored "Softball-Fast and Slow Pitch" with Chuck McCord, previous Hall of Fame
Inductee - now in its fifth edition.

Kneer served in every elective position of the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation as well
as with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. Currently a Professor Emeritous from the University
of Illinois-Chicago, she is a consultant for Physical Education..

  Marian Kneer

Marian Kneer
Player Profile
Hometown:
Peoria Heights, Ill.

 

Honors graduate of 1949 ... member of the Illinois State Amateur Softball Hall of Fame,

having caught for five state champion teams with the Peoria Caterpillar Dieselettes ...

had a distinguished amateur basketball career ... was on the Illinois-Chicago Circle Faculty ...

has held every elective office in the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation,

including that of President in 1972.

 
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Marion Phillipson - 1944

Marjorie Grundy (Frye) 1936 - 1939

Martha Irby (Bahnfleth) - 1961 to 1967

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Marlys Taber - 1964

Name: Marlys (Taber) Watts
Email: mkwatts@iowatelecom.net
Date: Thu Feb 15 22:03:59 EST 2007
Love the sight and looking up myself and former teammates in the pictures,articles, etc.

Glad to see the team is still ongoing. Thanks for setting up the site.
1965-1976?

ASA National Softball Hall of Fame Member

 

 

 

 

 

Year Inducted: 1991
Hometown: Paw Paw, IL
Category: Women's Fast Pitch
Division: Women's Fast Pitch


Marlys Taber’s major fast pitch career started at 14 years-old in 1958 for the Earlville Victorians of Earlville, IL and concluded in 1983 when she was forced to retire because of acute tendonitis resulting from a shoulder injury. Five times Taber was selected an ASA All-American. She was a first-team choice in 1978 and 1980 and a second teamer in 1965 (.385 batting average), 1966 (.250 BA) and 1976 (.238 BA). Besides being an All-American, Taber played in three ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch All-Star Series, 1966, 1969 and 1977, and batted .389 in the 1966 Series to lead all hitters. In 1979, she received an invitation to try out for the 1979 USA Pan American team. After her playing career, Taber taught physical education plus coached basketball, soccer, volleyball and golf. She retired in 1995 and finds herself “extremely busy golfing, making craft projects and participating in community activities,” living in Dows, IA.Taber is a 1966 graduate of Illinois State University and was elected to the university’s hall of fame in 1982. In 1989, she was elected to the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame. She calls her election to the ASA Softball Hall of Fame in 1991 “the greatest thrill of her career.” She was born March 4, 1944.

 

  Maryls Kay Taber
Maryls Kay Taber
Player Profile

 

A 1966 graduate, played field hockey, basketball, volleyball, and softball at Illinois State ... she also made her mark in the record book of the Amateur Softball Association in her 2 years of summer fastpitch softball competition ... she was an all-state shortstop, first and second team All-American and has played for the nationally ranked Pekin Lettes and the Greater Milwaukee Bankettes ... she taught and coached at Golf Junior High School in Morton Grove and coached at Niles North High School.

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Marty Green - 1965 to 1966

Mary Roberts (Dodge) - 1949

 

 

 

Mary E. Frank -

Mary Hammond - 1949 to 1950

Mary Moak - 1948 to 1949

Mary Ann Schmied - 1971

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Mary Marie Wadlow - 1941 to 1950 (P) - 77 Wins & 17 Losses (.819)

ASA National Softball Hall of Fame Member

 

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    1917 - 1979

Year Inducted: 1957
Hometown: Peoria, IL
Category: Women's Fast Pitch
Division: Women's Fast Pitch

Bio
The first female inductee into the National Softball Hall of Fame, M. Marie Wadlow compiled a pitching record of 341 wins and 52 defeats between 1929 and 1950. In seven years with the Caterpillar Dieselettes of Peoria, IL Wadlow compiled a record of 107 wins and only 18 losses. Former manager Chuck McCord called Marie “one of the greatest competitors I’ve seen anywhere.”Growing up playing softball on the sandlots of St. Louis, Wadlow said her greatest thrill in softball came in the 1950 ASA national championship. She had a 2-2 record in the tourney, striking out 26 batters. “We had a 17-inning 1-0 loss to the Phoenix Ramblers, giving us third place in the national tourney at San Antonio,” said Marie. “The thrill was watching the Ramblers come back in the evening after that more than three-hour struggle in the intense heat of the afternoon. We had about two hours rest, then beat the undefeated Orange Lionettes 1-0 in 11 innings. We then took a half hour rest, then lost a heart-breaking 15 inning game to Orange, 3-1, for the championship. “It was 43 innings in about 11 hours,” continued Wadlow. “ Bertha (Ragan) Tickey pitched 26 innings in the last two games for Orange. She was knocked to the ground by a vicious line drive in one of the games, only to get up and finish the game and the tournament.”Wadlow retired from the Caterpillar Tractor Company in February of 1977. She also is a member of three other Halls of Fame. Wadlow passed away April 6th, 1979 at age 61.

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Mary Stull -

 

 

 

Marzella Litwiller - 1948 to 1949

Maxine Shute (Crump) - 1947 to 1948

???   McDowell - 1944

Meaghan Bauer - 2008

Megan Harper - 2006

???   Meir - 1944

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Melanie (Maynard) Rice - 1987 to 1991 - (OF)

I.C.C. Under Lorene Ramsey & then to E.I.U.

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Merry Anne Schmied - 1971

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Anne Schmied

 

 

 

 

 

Player Profile

 

Hometown:
East Peoria, Ill.

 

 

A standout in softball and basketball at Illinois State for four seasons

and in field hockey for three seasons through 1970 ... she played in

national softball and basketball tournaments, and was named to the

Omaha College World Series all-star team at first base her junior and

senior years ... she captained both of those sports ... she also was

selected to AAU All-State basketball teams and to the Midwest College

Field Hockey Association All-College second team ... played for the

Pekin Lettes softball team for a season after graduation, and later

taught in the Tri-Valley school system at Downs.

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Michelle Dedin - 1988

Michelle Mihalakis - 1976

Michele Turner (Simpson) - 1990 to 1997

Mickey Schallau - 1968

Mildred Ross -

Mildred Scheffel

Minnie Pyell -

Monya Renner - 1946

???   Mote - 1944

Nadine Hoffman (Frazee) - 1944 to 1945

Nancy Nelson -

Nancy Rist - 1971

Nancy Roth - 1979

Nancy Sipek - 1975

Nancy Shay - 1973

Nelda Waddell - 1949 to 1951

Nicki Lockwood - 1985

Nicole Buse - 2006

Norma Harlan (Fox) - 1939 to 1940

 
Norma Harden - 1951 to 1956

 

 

 

 

PEORIA HEIGHTS - Norma Harden, 82, of Peoria Heights passed

 away at 6:33 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, at Washington Christian Village in Washington, Ill.

 She was born on Aug. 2, 1928, in Maquon, Ill., to Kermit and Hazel Martin Harden.

Surviving are one sister, Margaret (George) Van Houten of Bella Vista, Ark.;

one brother, Kermit (Ann) Harden of Urbana, Ill.; a lifelong friend, Joan Nelson of Peoria Heights;

sister-in-law, Dorothy Harden of Mesa, Ariz.; six nieces and nephews; 12 great-nieces and -nephews;

and four great-great-nieces and -nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Gordon and Eldon.

Norma was a manager at Caterpillar Inc.

She played for the Caterpillar Dieselettes softball team and the Pekin Lettes softball team.

She also was an avid bowler and golfer in Caterpillar leagues, and loved working with wood.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, at Wright & Salmon Mortuary

with Pastor Karl Kraemer officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and 30 minutes

before the services at the mortuary. Burial will be in Fairview Township Cemetery in Fairview, Ill.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association or St. Jude Midwest Affiliate.

Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com.

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Norma (Humphrey) Noske - 1941 to 1948

Ona Winkler (Chaney) - 1953 to 1955

Olivia Rosa - 2004

Pam Aurbeck - 1979

Pam Brown - 1987

Pam Casper - 1985

Pam Ernst - 1985

Pam Towery - 1977

Patti Russo - 1985

Paula Buscher - 1983

Pat Alexander - 1964 to 1969

Pat McSwegin (Campobello) - 1965 to 1966

Pat Truckenbrod - 1977

Pat Wiss -1974

Patty Busby - 1987

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Patty Cutright - 1976 

             A.S.A. Illinois State Hall of Fame 'Inductee' 2000

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Pauline Meier - 1944

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Pauline (Schlicher) Stauch - 1950 to 1967

Lettes Team Captain 1963 to 1967

A.S.A. Illinois State Hall of Fame 'Inductee'

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Peggy Schad - 1974

Priscilla Welch - 1994

Rachel Muller - 1991 - (C-1B)

Rachael Sinks - 2006

Rachael Smith - 2006

Raye Gordon - 2007

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Robbie (Price) Andrews - 1942 to 1944 (P) - 1 Win & 1 Loss (.500)

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Rosalie Pritchard (Kucavich) - 1939

Rosa Linsley (Fisher) - 1941 to 1944

Rose Yocum - 1979

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Ruth Elston (Bockhold) - 1966 to 1969 (P) 1 Win & 0 Losses (1.000)

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Ruth Carwile -

Ruth Schwartz (Messer) 1941 to 1943

Ruth Witt - 1950

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Sandy Lambur - Manager - Coach 1981 - 1989 ( 203 Wins & 127 Loses )

Sandy Lambur has found success at every level she has coached. In eight seasons at Dunlap High School,

she was 144-91 and took the Eagles to a fourth place finish in the 1992 Class A state tournament.

 In major women’s fastpitch, she coached the Pekin Lettes into the National Tournament

and took the Fresno (Calif.) Force to a final four

appearance in 1990.

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Sandy Manchee - 1969

SANDRA MANCHEE

METAMORA - Sandra K. Manchee, 51, of 1620 Burdette St. died at 3 a.m. Wednesday,

Sept. 27, 2000, at her residence.

She was born Feb. 13, 1949, in Abilene, Kan., to Ralph and Twila Engelhardt Manchee.

Surviving are her parents of Ocala, Fla.; one sister, Penelope (and John) Graves of

Kent, Ohio; Debra Lasater of Metamora, with whom she made her home for the past

18 years; Michael Lasater at home, whom she helped raise; and two nephews.

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 Sandy Piccoli Griggs- 1980 -1987

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Sarah Halloway - 2006

Sara Loete - 2007

Sarah Marting - 2006

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Saralee Storts - 1943 to 1945 (P) - 1 Win & ) Losses (1.000)

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Sharon Sipp (Mankle) - 1960 to 1962

Shayna Bradford - 2004

???   Shaw - 1944

Shelley Chouinard - 1985

Sherri Grant - 1974

Sherry Armstrong - 1974

Sherry Diegel (Thome) - 1957

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Shirley Burch (Coney Vrell) - 1949 to 1954

A.S.A. Illinois State Hall of Fame 'Inductee'

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Shirley Horwedel - 1961 to 1963

Shirley Kent (Muller) -

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Skip Penning - Lettes Coach - 2002 to 2005 Record - 81 Wins & 62 Loses

Skip Penning

Skip Penning - Illinois Central College Assistant Softball Coach

Coach Penning is in his fourth year the I.C.C. Cougar assistant softball coach.

Skip coached the Pekin Lettes for four Seasons , a storied Women's Major

Open softball team. In August of 2003, the Pekin Lettes hosted the ASA

Women's Open National Tournament.

He has previously coached summer travel teams such as the Pekin Lil Lettes

16-Under and the Illinois Impact 18-Under. Skip played softball for Hanks Hardware

of Pekin. While coaching and playing 3rd base in their 1998 State Championship year,

he made the all tournament team. His team also placed 4th in the Nationals that year.

A life-long resident of Pekin, Skip works for Chicago Contract Cleaning as a supervisor

 in the East Peoria Grade Schools. He and his wife, Stephani, have two children,

Amanda (ICC '01) and Colton.

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Stacey Strack - 2004

Stephanie Johnson - 1984 to 1985

Stephanie Miller - 2007

Stephanie Ramsey - 2006

Sue Polson - 1985

Sue Wagoner - 1983

Sunne Bea Thomas - 1959 to 1965

Susan Lonergan - 1974

Susie Barrett - 1985

Tammy Breitbarth - 1977

Teresa Morgan - 1977

Teresa Norris - 1974

Teri O'Brien - 1983 to 1987

Terry Becker - 1985

???   Thompson - 1942

T. J. Matheny - 2007

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Tom Gilles - Coach 1983 - 26 Wins & 29 Loses

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Toni Aden - 1972

Tonya Gilles Koch -  1979 to 1985 - Playing for the Pekin Lettes, Ramsey’s former team, and in 1979 broke Ramsey’s record for pitching victories by a rookie (18).  “She pitched for the Pekin Lettes for seven years and had a real successful career there,” Ramsey said. “She won more games in her first season than I did, but I didn’t get to pitch until July. (Coach) Chuck McCord didn’t like rookies.”

Toone Gisinger - 1953 - 1954

Torie Bunzell - 2008

Tracy Gilmore - 1986

Trish Kowalewski - 2006

Tudy Schmeid - 1971

??? Vaughn - 1946

ValerieList - 1975

Velma Doty - 1939

Velma White (Harris) - 1939 to 1942

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Vera Gutz Toney - 1947 "A League of Their Own"

Name: vallie toney
Email: vallie3@columbus.rr.com
Date: Sat Mar 22 23:39:39 EDT 2008

My mother was Vera Gutz Toney. She played for the team in 1947, four years before I was born.

The movie "A League of their Own" was losely based about her and her sister, Julie Gutz and their

experience on the team. She died when I was nine of cancer. I would love to know more about her

and this time as well as the scedule now of the current ball team so that I can visit and watch the

team sometime. Thanks

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Vera Hillers (Vicic)

Veronica Weaver -2003

Virginia Luciana - 1941 to 1945

Virginia Laible (Tiezzi) - 1947

Wendy Smith - 1979

Whitney Gregory - 2007

Zami Mogill - 1985

Through 1988

 81 Year Roster

 

 Adolph Fisher - Coach - 1943 to 1944 - Record of 47 & 17
 Adrienne Berry - 1969 to 1970
 Allyson Carter - Hattermann - 1994 to 1997
 Althea Fitton (Knoll) - 1939
 ???   Ames - 1941
 Amy Irene Applegren - 1941 to 1942 (P) - 28 Wins & 8 Loses (.778)

            

After the Dieselettes with the 

"Girls Professional Ball League" Rockford Peaches

AMY APPLEGREN
Amy Applegren was getting a paycheck for playing professional baseball before she was out of high school.

Graduating from Peoria Manual in 1945, Applegren had already played one full season in the All-American Girls Baseball

League in 1944, the second year the league, founded by late Chicago Club owner Phil Wrigley, was in existence.

The league lasted for a dozen seasons, from 1943 through 1954 and Applegren, a lefthanded pitcher and first baseman

who earlier had pitched for the Caterpillar Dieselettes, played in all but the first and last seasons.

This was major league baseball for women and only a few played as long as Applegren or saw as many changes in the game.

 Over the years the pitching rules were changed nine times while she was hurling: the size of the ball was reduced four times

and the mound was moved back five times.

She began playing for the Rockford Peaches in 1944, one year after the team that was featured in the hit movie "A League

Of Their Own". Later she was with Muskegon, went back to Rockford and ended with South Bend in 1953. And during her

eight-year pitching career they kept changing pitching rules. In 1944 the ball was 12 inches in circumference, pitchers pitched

underhand and the distance to home plate was 40 feet. In her final years the ball was 10 inches, pitching was overhand and

the distance was 55 feet.

In all, she pitched in 205 games, played in a total of 386, had a 94-91 pitching record with an ERA under three her first three

years and then two of 1.06 and 1.76.

Peoria was part of the league from 1946 through 1951 but Applegren never had a chance to play for her hometown,

just against it.

 Amy Bishel - 1985
 Amy Gordon - 2004
 Amy West - 2006
 Angie Gouldschaal - 1991 (P)
 Angie Wolfe - 1987
 Ann Elliott - (P) - 40 Wins & 25 Losses (.615)
 Ann Martin (Glaub Aleksich) -
 Anne Irwin - 1971
 Annie Gregory - 1998-2000
 Ann Tindall (Mullins) - 1963 to 1970 & 1972

 

Ann Millins Tindall

You name the sport and Ann Mullins Tindall has played or coached it.

The list seems not to end: major women's softball, college and MU basketball, volleyball, tennis, track, field hockey, soccer.

A native of Butler, Illinois who attended Hilisboro High School and Carthage College, Mullins began her major impact on
the local scene when she became the Number 1 catcher of the Pekin Lettes when that team, with Lorene Ramsey as one
of the nation's top pitchers, was in its prime.

Rated by Ramsey "the best catcher in the country between 1964 and 1970", Mullins was extremely quick on her feet,
had a brilliant throwing arm and hit with great power. Her 27 home runs is second on the all-time Lettes list despite her
comparatively short eight-season career with the team.

She batted .295 for the Lettes and produced 282 hits. She was chosen to numerous all-tournament teams and inducted
into the Illinois ASA Hall of Fame in 1976.

She played AAU basketball in Peoria and Pekin from 1963 through 1971 and was a seven-time all-stater. A top scorer and
rebounder, she advanced to the last cut in the Olympic Development Training camp for the selection of the 1967 United
States Pan-American team.

Once she scored 50 points in a basketball game for Carthage against Southern Illinois. She is a member of the Central
Amateur Athletic Union Hall of Fame and the Carthage College Hall of Fame.

She was a third team Midwest selection in field hockey, coached girls tennis and track at Central High School and coached
soccer in the Peoria Parochial League. She also has served as president of the Peoria Soccer Club.

 

 Anne Ross - 1942
 Anne Elliott (Ross) - 1943 to 1946
 Anne Meyer (Osterman) - 1958 to 1959
 Annelle Griffin - 1975
 Annie White - 1991 - (OF-2B)
 Ashley Birdsong - 2008
 Ashley Quick - 2004
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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