Shirley Palesh, American baseball player, Died at 87


Shirley Palesh was born on November 23, 1929, and died on March 1, 2017.

She was an American baseball player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League between 1949 and 1950.

Shirley Palesh both batted and threw right-handed. She earned herself two nicknames while playing for the league: Shirl and Butch.

Prior to her joining the league, she played softball.

Palesh played locally in the position of pitcher, outfielder and leading hitter.

She played for three teams during her short time with the AAGPBL.

Palesh played for the: Racine Belles (in 1949) Grand Rapids Chicks (in 1950), and the Rockford Peaches (in 1950).

She played for the Belles, in spring training, Shirley was in the outfield as it was believed she would make a “solid all-around player.”

Shirley Palesh passed away at 87 years old.