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Mary Baker

Mary Baker was born in Regina, July 10th, 1919. She has been actively involved in sport in our province since the age 13 when she started playing softball with local minor league teams.

In 1943 when P. K. Wrigley formed his All-American Girls Baseball League, Mary tried out and successfully wound up playing back catcher with the Blue Sox, one of four professional teams.

She proved to all that high-class femininity and high-class ball were a surefire combination. She was the league's most publicized player, often referred to as 'Pretty Bonnie Baker" by the press. She was three times all-star catcher, and later the only full-time woman manager of the Kalamazoo Lassies Ball Club in 1951.

The league emphasized female charm along with talent, and part-time model 'Mary' qualified in all respects.

Returning home after a lengthy career, Mary led the Regina Legion Team to Provincial, Western Canadian and finally World Ladies Softball honours in Toronto.

Mary Baker had the distinct honour of being the first female sports-caster in Canada when she worked for CKRM in 1964-65. She has rivaled men for years in sport endeavours and occupations and has to her credit many 'firsts'.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on June 22nd, 1985.

Text courtesy of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame

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