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Eisen, Tiby

Gertrude Eisen

Eisen was an all-star in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which was portrayed so affectionately in the 1992 film A League Of Their Own. Before becoming a professional baseball player, Tiby grew up in an orthodox home! An outstanding all-around athlete, she was also a fullback for a women's professional football team. In 1993, she helped establish the women's exhibit at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. "We're trying to record this so we have our place in history," she said. "If they knew more about our league, perhaps in the future some women will say, 'Hey, maybe we can do it again.' "

Birth and Death Dates:
b. May 11, 1922

Career Highlights:
Born in Los Angeles, Eisen began playing semi-pro softball at the age of 14. Four years later, she played fullback for the Los Angeles team in a women's professional football league (a city ordinance forbade women from playing the sport, so they went to Mexico). In 1944, Eisen was one of a handful of women to travel east to join a new professional women's baseball league called the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, started by Phillip Wrigley (owner of the Chicago Cubs).

As a rookie for the Milwaukee Chicks in 1944, Tiby stole 91 bases and helped the team capture the league championship. The following year, the team moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, because of poor attendance in Milwaukee. In 1946, Eisen was an All-Star; playing for the expansion Peoria Redwings, she stole 128 bases, batted .256, and led the league in triples. Traded to the Fort Wayne Daisies in the middle of the 1947 season, Tiby remained with the team for the remainder of her career. She retired in 1952 having played in 966 games, registering 674 stolen bases and 1,857 putouts; she also had 11 career home runs and a .224 batting average.

In 1949, Eisen was selected to tour Central America, as the league put on a number of exhibition games. According to Total Baseball, Tiby was one of the top 20 players in the history of the AAGPBL . When she retired from professional baseball in 1952, she led the Orange Lionettes to the world championship in women's softball.

Career Dates:
Eisen played for the Milwaukee Chicks in 1944, the Grand Rapids Chicks in 1945, the Peoria Redwings in 1946-47, and the Fort Wayne Daisies, 1947-1952.


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The Big Book of Jewish Baseball: An Illustrated Encyclopedia and Anecdotal History, by Peter S. Horvitz and Joachim Horvitz (New York: S.P.I. Books, 2001)

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