AAGPBL Interview - Dottie Wiltse
Dottie Wiltse was one of the great pitchers of the AAGPBL, and it should be noted that she pitched while pregnant during the 1948 season. She recently took some time to answer our survey:
1) How did you get interested in playing baseball and where did you play before you turned pro?
My father played semi-pro ball in Inglewood, CA.
2) Describe your signing.
I just signed on the dotted line.
3) What position(s) did you play? Which teams did you play for?
I pitched for the Ft. Wayne Daisies.
4) 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 in the beginning and the end. It died out because the girls like myself got old.
5) Who were your favorite big league ballplayers during the era you played in?
6) Do you follow big league ball now? If so, how do you think it compares with your day?
I love it. They had their league, we had ours.
7) Should women have their own pro league, should they play in the majors, or should we have both?
It will never happen - the majors are for men.
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