AAGPBL Interview - Alice Hoover
Alice played for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League for one year. She took the time to answer a few of our questions.
1) How did you get interested in playing baseball and where did you play before you turned pro?
I got interested by growing up with 3 brothers. I played on the Kauffman Maids, in Reading PA.
2) Describe your signing.
I was happy to sign my contract.
3) What position(s) did you play? Which teams did you play for?
I played infield when needed. I played for the Fort Wayne Daisies.
4) What was the best thing about playing pro ball?
I thought it was great, and I loved to travel.
5) What was the worst thing about playing ball?
6) What was the highlight of your career?
Meeting a lot of nice people.
7) Who were the best players you played with or faced? Comments?
8) Do you think the fans and press accepted you more as the years wore on? (Describe how it was when you started. Did increased exposure change some minds?)
I think they accepted us pretty well.
9. Who were your favorite big league ballplayers during the era you played in?
I can't remember, that's too far back. But I do watch the Phillies play.
10) Do you follow big league ball now? If so, how do you think it compares with your day?
I still follow baseball.
11) Should women have their own pro league, should they play in the majors, or should we have both (a women's league and the chance for the best women players to play in the majors?)
I think that women should have their own pro league.
12) How do you feel about the Silver Bullets?
I think they were great.
13) Briefly describe your life since your pro career ended.
My life is slow, but I enjoy every day since I'm retired.
14) What advice do you have for young women who want to become pro ballplayers?
You have to stick with it, and take advice from the coach.15) Any other memories or comments?
I'm glad I got to play in the league, I met so many people and now I get to see them when I sometimes go to the reunions, it is a lot of fun seeing them all again.
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