Obit of the Day: The Daisy Who Was a Daisy (and a Blue Sock and a Sally)
After World War II, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League seemed destined to fail with the return of major league players from their service in Europe and Asia. Instead the league expanded to ten teams throughout the Midwest (it was based in Chicago), and would play through 1954.
Daisy Junor was one of the players who joined the league after the war. She would play for three full seasons (1946-1948), and nine games in 1949, for the South Bend (IN) Blue Sox, Springfield (IL) Sallies, and Ft. Wayne (IN) Daisies. A fairly weak hitter (lifetime average of .152) she did well on the basepaths, stealing 33 bases in only 99 games in her rookie year. (Over a full 162 game season that would equate to 54 SBs.) You can find her full career stats here.
Junor who was also a champion golfer and bowler in her home province of Saskatchewan was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (most famous inductee: hockey legend Gordie Howe) as well as the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame (most famous inductee: former Astro Terry Puhl).
Daisy Junor died at the age of 92.
(Image courtesy of sportsartifacts.com)