Women of Interest – Mary “Bonnie” Baker

Mary “Bonnie” Baker, (1918-2003) was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bonnie Baker was an all star catcher in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball league from 1943 to 1952. In 1950 she was the only woman in league history to become a player-manager with the Kalamazoo Lassies, however, the next year the league passed a law prohibiting female managers. Baker continued to play 930 games during her career and her fielding average was .953. The press referred to her as “Pretty Bonnie Baker” as she was a former model in Life magazine. She also appeared on the trendy television show “What’s My Line?” In addition, from 1964-65 Baker became the first female sports broadcaster at CKRM in Regina, Saskatchewan. Some of Baker’s honors and achievements include:

Member of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame
Member of the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame
A special exhibit on the AAGPBL in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

On August 8, 2015 Mary “Bonnie” Baker was honored with the unveiling of a mural at Central Park, Regina, Saskatchewan, as this was a park where, she often played her favorite game. More information can be found at:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonnie_Baker
http://www.regina.ca/residents/heritage-history/historical-biographies/biography-baker/
http://sasksportshalloffame.com/inductees/mary-baker/

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