Obit of the Day: Cool “Chick”
When Joan Jaykoski graduated high school she was immediately signed by the Kenosha (WI) Comets of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). The league, founded by gum magnate and Chicago Cubs owner Philip K. Wrigley during World War II, was in its ninth season featuring women playing in cities around the Midwest. Ms. Jaykoski pitched one season for the Comets finishing with one win and three losses in ten games. She was also rather wild walking 44 batters in 30 innings, launching 8 wild pitches, and garnering a 7.80 ERA. (You can find her full stats here.)
After the 1951 season, her one and only with the Comets, the team ceased playing and Jaykoski ended up with the Grand Rapids (MI) Chicks. She only played fifteen games in the outfield before leaving to begin a career in nursing. Somehow she ended up as a document librarian at GM handling classified documents, including designs of equipment for NASA’s anticipated moon landing in 1969.
Ms. Jaykoski died at the age of 78. You can find her listed at the AAGPBL exhibitions at both Miller Park (home of the Milwaukee Brewers) and at the National Baseball of Hall of Fame.
(Image courtesy of the Jaykoski Family and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)