Monday, July 22, 2019

On This Day - "Lakers Pound Out 5-4 Win Over Chicks"

Today, we continue our "On This Day" series in 1944, following the Milwaukee Chicks and their 1944 All-American Girls Professional Ball League championship season as it happened.

On this day, seventy-five years ago, the Chicks dropped a game to the visiting Minneapolis Millerettes/Lakers. And the Milwaukee Sentinel was there to catch it. But the day's most important contribution to AAGPBL history may have happened off the diamond.

Lakers Pound Out 5-4 Win Over Chicks


Dottie Wiltse, curve balling mound ace of the Minneapolis Lakers, was a little too tough for Max (Mother) Carey's Milwaukee Chicks last night at Borchert field as the Lakers too a 5 to 4 verdict in the series finale to even the series at two wins each.

Connie Wisniewski, Milwaukee ace, was the opposing pitcher, but 11 hits and some sieve-like defensive play mixed sufficiently well for the Lakers to annex the the triumph.

With two out in the ninth Vickie Panos singled, stole second and third. Pat Keagle walked and stole second, Panos counting on the play. Ty Eisen drilled a sharp single to left, to score Keagle and went to third on Helen Callaghan's futile, foolish attempt to nail her at first. With the tying run at the hot corner, Doris Tetzlaff rolled sharply to the shortstop Treza who came up with the ball and retiring her at first to end the game.

In the seventh the fans got on Umpire Jack Rice for calling Alma Ziegler out at third. Everybody but Rice saw she was standing on the bag when tagged, but he was blocked out by two other players.

The Chicks and the Rockford Peaches play a twin bill this afternoon, preceded by a one hour concert by the Milwaukee Symphony orchestra led by Dr. Julius Ehrlich.
Love a bottom-of-the-ninth rally, shame they couldn't finish it off.

This was the third of the four crossover-doubleheaders between the Chicks and the Milwaukee Symphony.

The picture is amazing, especially for a night . The photographer was set up just feet off the basepaths. Perhaps it have been taken with the same stroboscopic process its rival the Milwaukee Journal introduced in the early 1940s.


Minneapolis' Helen Gallaghan lays down a successful bunt in last night's game against the Chicks at Borchert field

Photo by Tony Neuman Sentinel Staff Photographer
Elsewhere on the page, Sentinel Sports Editor Stoney McGlynn casually dropped a bombshell in the middle of one of his columns:
(by the way the name Chicks has been adopted by the team as the official club name and the name Schnitts is out just like schnitts were back in the Volstead era.)
That parenthetical phrase is fascinating. The team started the season with no official nickname, only being referred to as "Milwaukee" in newspaper ads and league publicity materials. The first nickname floated was "Brewerettes" after the popular local club, as was done in Minneapolis with their Millers and Millerettes. The two major Milwaukee dailies each jumped in; the Sentinel coined "Chicks", after a then-popular movie "Mother Carey's Chickens", and the Journal responded with "Schnitts" (initially spelled with just one 't'), for a short pour of draft beer.

Of course, McGlynn would say that; his paper wanted bragging rights for their name achieving currency. But is it true?

We certainly know that the players were using the name to refer to themselves, at least by the time they commissioned a trophy for manager Max Carey for a celebration in early September. We also know that in publications printed after the season the league was also using the name, even before the relocation to Grand Rapids was announced. Perhaps this was indeed when the name first took hold.

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