AAGPBL Interview - Amy Applegren
Amy Applegren played in the AAGPBL from 1944 to 1953. She gave us an interview.
1) How did you get interested in playing baseball and where did you play before you turned pro?
I loved sports. I played for my hometown Caterpillar Dieselettes in Peoria in the '40s.
2) Describe your signing.
I was signed by a scout in my home.
3) What position(s) did you play? Which teams did you play for?
I was a pitcher and played first base. Rockford Peaches, South Bend Blue Sox and Muskegon Lassies.
4) What was the best thing about playing pro ball?
Loving the game and comradeship with all players.
5) What was the worst thing about playing ball?
6) What was the highlight of your career?
I pitched a no-hitter.
7) Who were the best players you played with or faced? Comments?
No comment. I do not like to single out any one player.
8) Do you think the fans and press accepted you more as the years wore on? (Describe how it was when you started. Did increased exposure change some minds?)
9) Who were your favorite big league ballplayers during the era you played in?
10) Do you follow big league ball now? If so, how do you think it compares with your day?
No comparison. Different eras! Different all the way around.
11) Should women have their own pro league, should they play in the majors, or should we have both (a women's league and the chance for the best women players to play in the majors?)
Women should have their own league, and they should play in the majors.
12) How do you feel about the Silver Bullets?
Have not seen them, I wish them well.
13) Briefly describe your life since your pro career ended.
I worked for Caterpillar INC in East Peoria. Lived with my mother and took care of her. Retired from Caterpillar and played some golf and bowled.
14) What advice do you have for young women who want to become pro ballplayers?
Work hard and enjoy!15) Any other memories or comments?
Loved every minute of my pro career and I enjoy every minute of our reunions.
What do you think of this article?
Leave feedback on our message board.