Barbara Berger, American baseball player, Died at 85

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Barbara Berger [Brown] was born on December 6, 1930, in Maywood, Illinois and died January 27, 2016.

She was a baseball catcher.

She played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

She was listed at 5′ 2″, 120 lb., she batted and threw right-handed.

Mrs.Berger played during two seasons in the league before heading off to college to pursue a teaching career.

Herself and her younger sister, Norma, played baseball and basketball together throughout their childhood and later played softball in grade school.

Barbara joined the league in 1949 with the Chicago Colleens, a rookie touring team that played exhibition games against the Springfield Sallies as they travelled primarily through the South and East.

Following the next season, she was push up to the Racine Belles, where she was used sparingly as a backup catcher.

Barbara has hit a .176 average in 11 games.

During that same season, her sister Norma joined the league as a pitcher for the Sallies.

״She was called “Bergie״, by her teammates, left the league in 1951 to attend the University of Illinois, where she gained bachelor’s and master’s degrees and taught at her alma mater for 19 years.

Her husband was George Brown in 1969 and lived in Murray, Kentucky.

In 1988, both sisters received further recognition after they became part of Women in Baseball, a permanent display based at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York which was unveiled to honor the entire All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Barbara Berger passed away at 85 yrs old.