Ruby Stephens

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Ruby Stephens
Ruby Stephens.jpg
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Pitcher
Born: (1924-10-02)October 2, 1924
Clearwater, Florida
Died: March 21, 1996(1996-03-21) (aged 71)
Holiday, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Professional debut
1946
Last professional appearance
1951
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • Pitched a no-hitter (1950)
  • Four playoff appearances (1946, 1948-'50)

Ruby Lee Stephens [Stevie] (October 2, 1924 – March 21, 1996) was a pitcher who played from 1946 through 1951 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. She batted and threw right-handed.1

Stephens was born and grew up in Clearwater, Florida, where she worked as a ship welder and played softball in her spare time, until she was approached by a AAGPBL scout who had heard of her skills as a ballplayer. She attended a tryout camp and impressed the rest of the scouts, getting a contract to play in the upcoming season. She entered the league in 1946 with the Racine Belles, playing for them one year before joining the South Bend Blue Sox (1947), Springfield Sallies (1948[start]) and Kenosha Comets (1948[end]-1951). Her most productive season came in 1948, when she posted a 20–11 record with a 1.87 earned run average. She also hurled a no-hitter for Kenosha on July 12 of 1950.23

In November 1988, the AAGPBL received its long overdue recognition when the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York dedicated a permanent display to the entire league rather than any individual player.4

Stephens died in Holiday, Florida, at the age of 71.1

Pitching statistics

GP W L W-L% ERA IP
150 62 53 .539 2.35 961

Sources

  1. ^ a b "All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player page". 
  2. ^ 1946 Racine Belles
  3. ^ Encyclopedia of Women and Baseball - Leslie A. Heaphy, Mel Anthony May. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2006. Format: Paperback, 438pp. Language: English. ISBN 0-7864-2100-2
  4. ^ All-American Girls Professional Baseball League History









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