AAGPBL Interview - Mary Pratt
Mary Pratt was a pitcher in the AAGPBL back in the 1940s. She took the time to answer a few of our questions.
1) How did you get interested in playing baseball and where did you play before you turned pro?
I played with the boys on the playground.
2) Describe your signing.
I received a phone call.
3) What position(s) did you play? Which teams did you play for?
I pitched for the Rockford Peaches and Kenosha Comets (1943-1947)
4) What was the best thing about playing pro ball?
The enjoyment of playing.
5) What was the worst thing?
I can remember nothing negative.
6) What was the highlight of your career?
Teaching school for 48 years.
7) 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?)
We were accepted by fans, family and friends.
8) Who were your favorite big league ballplayers during the era you played in?
Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio and Jim Lonborg
9) Do you follow big league ball now? If so, how do you think it compares with your day?
I follow it today. The quality of play has become downgraded. Money has got in the way!
10) 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?)
A league of their own, when they are backed financially.
11) With all the progress women have made in recent years, why do you think there is no professional women's league?
Money. Major League Baseball has all the control.
12) How do you feel about the Silver Bullets?
Lost effectiveness when they only played against men.
13) Briefly describe your life since your pro career ended.
48 years teaching and advocating for female leadership in our women's programs.
14) What advice do you have for young women who want to become pro ballplayers?
Get your education first - high school & college and then stay involved in sports - who knows?
15) Any other memories or comments?
Memories of all the friendships I've made through sports.
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