Obit of the Day: Diamonds and Sheets
Janet Perkin was a heckuva softball and baseball player. Good enough, in fact, to head out from her home near Regina, Saskatchewan to Kenosha, Wisconson in 1946 to pitch and play outfield for the Comets of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. After playing one season, and finishing with six losses against zero wins and batting a meager .173, she headed back home to where she was truly comfortable - the curling sheet.
Perkin, far left, would skip the 1953 women’s team that would win the Western Canada Championship, the first interprovincial tournament for women. (Her teammates were Phyliss Day, Jean Graham and Joyce Miller who were each awarded a $100 gift certificate for their win.) Eleven years later, in 1964, Perkin would skip a new foursome to a national title.
For her prowess on the ice, Perkin was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame as well as the Saskatchewan Legends of Curling Honour Roll. She was also inducted in the Regina Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the 1954 Regina Govins softball team.
Mrs. Perkins passed away at the age of 90.
(Image of the 1953 Perkin team is courtesy of the Saskatchewan Legends of Curling Honour Roll. And, look, REAL BROOMS!)
Ed. note: If you are a regular reader of OOTD, you might be saying to yourself, “A female sports star from Saskatchewan? That sounds awfully familiar.” Because it is. On May 2, OOTD featured Daisy Junor, another inductee into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, who played for four seasons in the AAGPBL.