Fort Wayne Daisies, All-American Girls Baseball League
O V" 4 X 0 J: f VX if - A Peoria Redwing slugger takes a lusty swing in a game with the Fort Wayne Daisies. Mary Rountree is behind the bat. "Daisies" are Pride of Fort Wayne Boosters , 1 in, u iji i i 1 w-jji w-jji w-jji me pquamg ; ii irj' , .J After a game; members of the team usually talk things over with manager Richard Bass. Like the other nine teams in the Alls' Alls' American Girls' Baseball League, the Fort Wayne, Ind., "Daisies" are a matter of much local pride and interest; and for a very good reason. The Daisies, like the Racine "Belles," Grand Rapid "Chicks," and the other teams, are community-owned community-owned community-owned and are operated by a board of directors comprising comprising local businessmen. Making the team requires more than baseball skill. Good looks and showmanship showmanship count, too. All three factors are considered considered when a player's salary $55 a week for rookies, with $100 tops is set. The Daisies, who have 18 on their squad, travel by bus when on the road and stop at first class hotels. When at home, they stay with private families. Many of the Daisies are high school and college graduates and, in the off season, season, work as secretaries, salesgirls or barnstorm in the South. However, their main interest is in baseball. Their ability to play a fast, hard game has been attested to by no less an authority than Connie Mack. Watching two teams battling it out early this season, he remarked that one of the shortstops would be worth $50,000 if she were a man. That the league has turned out to be a success can be seen in the attendance figures: figures: nearly a million last year; 1,250,-000 1,250,-000 1,250,-000 anticipated this year. Get in there Gertie, and swat that ball ! Cis i Cm I ' i r ' f Most of scheduJed 1 26 games are pfayed at night. Attendance at A.G.B.B.L games this year will be about 1 ,250,000.