All-American Girls Softball League nets 1,500 to 2,500 fans nightly during first season
All-American Girls Loop Is Playing to Record Crowds Chicago, Aug. 13— (AP)— The All-American Girls Softball League, which installed teams in four small midwestem cities this spring at a cost approaching $200.000. is playing to record crowds during the second half of its split season. Ken Sells, president of the league of which P. K. Wrigley and Branch Rickey are trustees, disclosed disclosed today attendance, had doubled over that of the first half season and that each of the four clubs- Racine and Kenosha, Wis„ Rockford, 111., and South Bend, Ind.—now were drawing 1,500 to 2,500 fans nightly. Sells did not say whether the increased attendance could be attributed attributed to such performances and personalities as: Drawing Card* Eleanor Datkus, outfielder from Chicago with Racine s first half champions, who-tnt five-homers ta- a week; Shirley Jameson, pint sized Kenosha outfielder from Maywood, 111., who stole 84 bases in 51 games: the .372 first half batting average of Gladys Davis, Rockford shortstop whose home is in Toronto; South Bend’s Margaret Margaret “Sunny” Baker of Homestead, Fla., whose 13 wins and 3 losses was pitching tops for the first half; or Racine’s “Chattanooga Choo Choo” battery of pitcher Mary Nesbitt, who put together an 11 game win streak, and her fellow fellow Chattanooga townswoman, catcher Irene Hickson. Kenosha this week turned in a record pre-game sale of 2,278 tickets tickets for the night game in which Helen Nicol of Edmonton, Canada, was scheduled to pitch. So Miss Nicol responded with a 3-0 shutout—her shutout—her 20th win of the year against eight defeats. .