Dolores Klosowski, American AAGPBL baseball player, Died at 93


Dolores Marion Klosowski was born on April 28, 1923, in Detroit, Michigan and died on November 2, 2016.

She was a infielder who played from 1944 through 1945 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

She was listed at 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m), 134 lb, she batted and threw left-handed.

She was a member of a champion team, Dolores Klosowski had a brief career in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League after she fractured a leg during her rookie season and never fully recovered.

She used to catch fly balls when she was a child before breaking into a local league at age 16.

In World War II she played for several industrial teams sponsored by companies, which included the Buddy Pizza, Hudson Motor, Roman Cleaners and Eastside Sports squads.

Dolores started out as a left-handed shortstop, but also played at right field and first base.

Dolores was spotted by an AAGPBL scout while playing a game at Mack Park.

Then she was invited to a tryout at Wrigley Field in Chicago, and immediately was assigned to the expansion Milwaukee Chicks for the 1944 season.

She had hit a .222 average in 20 games as a member of the Chicks during their 1944 championship year, even though she was unable to play in the postseason after breaking a leg during a game.

Dolores also played with the South Bend Blue Sox the next year, filling in at first and second.

Dolores batted .169 in 19 games, before being released in the midseason.

After her baseball career Klosowski worked in different jobs.

Then as a retiree, she became an avid bowler and golfer.

Dolores was a part of Women in Baseball, a permanent display based at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, which was unveiled in 1988 to honor the entire All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

When she was 93, Klosowski was one of the oldest living former AAGPBL players.

Dolores resided in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

She died at a hospital in Clinton Township, Macomb County, Michigan.

Dolores Klosowski passed away at 93 years old.


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