Saturday, May 25, 2019

On This Day - The Team Assembles

On this day in 1944, the Milwaukee Chicks arrived in the Cream City, fresh from a week-and-a-half Spring Training camp for all All-American Professional Ball League teams in Peru, Illinois.

The Milwaukee Journal was there to introduce the women to their new home town, running this large photo on page 8 of the afternoon paper on Wednesday, May 24, 1944.

We've seen this photo before - cut out of the paper and pressed into a scrapbook, it was on display at the Milwaukee County Historical Society last spring as part of the exhibit "Back Yards to Big Leagues: Milwaukee’s Sports and Recreation History".

The Schnits (sic) (Little Beers), who will play for Milwaukee in the Girls' All-American Professional Ball league, are shown here. Players who had been training at Peru, Ill. were divided among the league's six teams. Manager Max Carey talks to his girls in the picture. They are (left to right): Front row—Vivian Anderson, Emily Stevenson, Josephine Kabick, Olga Grant. Second row—Thelma Eisen, Viola Thompson, Judy Dusanko, Delores Klosowski. Third row—Dorothy Maguire, Shirley Shultze, Betty Whiting, Alma Ziegler. Top row—Lafern Price, Dorothy Hunter (chaperone), Connie Wizniewski. They will work out Friday afternoon at Borchert field (admission free) and will play their first game Saturday. (Journal Staff)

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