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How Alberta’s Betty Carveth Dunn Became Part of Baseball History

Born in 1925, Betty Carveth grew up in Grande Prairie, Alberta and became a part of baseball history.

Betty Carveth was one of only sixty-four Canadian women to play in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.  A right-handed pitcher, she played during the 1945 season with the Rockford Peaches and was traded mid-season to the Fort Wayne Daisies.  She returned home to Edmonton and became the city’s first female Little League Baseball coach and coached the boys for 10 years.  At the age of 12, she pitched for the Twilight Ladies Softball team which won three Peace River Championships in a row.  In the mid-1940s, she pitched for Edmonton’s top-rated Walk-Rite women’s baseball team.

Betty played for the Walk-Rite team from 1943-1945 at the age of eighteen to twenty.  It was during this time that a scout saw her play and asked her to try out for the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in the United States; a league that was featured in the 1992 movie “A League of Their Own.”  Betty played from April to October in 1945, earning $75 a week – which was four times more than she had made as a secretary back in Edmonton.  There was a list of rules and a dress code the players had to abide to, both on and off the field.  They attended a half day of beauty school and were told to look and act like ladies, however while on the field, they were to play ball like men.  Sliding into a base or making a flying catch was not pleasant as the uniforms were short dresses, knee socks, and caps which provided very little protection.

When the 1945 season closed, Betty returned to Edmonton and demonstrated her love for baseball by promoting and signing autographs throughout the years that followed.  She was named Ambassador of Baseball for the inaugural IBAF (International Baseball Federation) Women’s World Baseball Championship in 2004 and then named Special Ambassador in 2012.  She threw the ceremonial first pitch at both tournaments and did again in 2015 at one of the Edmonton Prospects games.

As a member of the AAGPBL, Betty was inducted into the American Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, USA in 1988.  She was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998 with the Canadian AAGPBL players.

Learn more about the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.

Look like a lady_ but play like a man! Spring Training in Florida 2 Spring Training in Florida underhand pitching Sliding in a skirt! Applying make up in the dug out Fort Wayne Daisies with Manager Fort Wayne Daisies Game between the 2 teams Betty played for League Logo League Promo Shot Betty Carveth Dunn baseball card Close play at home plate 1945 Rockford Peaches - Betty third from right in middle row 1945 Rockford Peaches Betty Carveth Dunn Stats page
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