Rothenberg: A hockey hero and the AAGPBL

From SABR member Matt Rothenberg at on August 20, 2015:

Of the four men signed in 1943 to manage teams in the fledgling All-American Girls Softball League, three had playing and/or managing experience in professional baseball.

The fourth came from professional ice hockey.

For fans accustomed to seeing Johnny Gottselig buzzing around the ice on a pair of skates, hockey stick in hand, to see him in a baseball uniform was puzzling.

In eight seasons between 1943 through 1952, Gottselig would pilot four clubs in what became known as the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

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Originally published: August 20, 2015. Last Updated: August 20, 2015.