Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Clemens Tough But Woman Pitcher Tougher

WYNANTSKILL, N.Y. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Roger Clemens may be tough as nails, but could he pitch competitively while pregnant?

Former women’s professional baseball player Dottie Wiltse Collins did just that when she was five months pregnant in 1948 and pitching in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.

The bun in the oven pitching feat is featured in the new biography penned by Carolyn M. Trombe called Dottie Wiltse Collins: Strikeout Queen of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (McFarland)

The book is the first biography on a professional female baseball player and Trombe figures Collins deserves the honor.

Besides being “one of the top two or three” pitchers in the league, which ran from 1943 to 1954, Trombe says Collins helped persuade Hollywood to do the highly regarded film, A League of Their Own in 1992, which immortalized the AAGPL.

Trombe hopes the book shows how athletic women can be, though she admits Collins would have a tough time dominating any of today’s Major League Baseball hitters.

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