AAGPBL Interview - Alice Pollitt
Alice Pollitt was a longtime member of the Rockford Peaches. 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 played in city leagues.
2) What position(s) did you play? Which teams did you play for?
I played short stop one year, then third base six years. I was with the Rockford Peaches.
3) What was the best thing about playing pro ball?
We loved to play ball. Winning three championships in a row was great, and then going into the Hall of Fame. And the movie.
4) What was the worst thing about playing ball?
Traveling by bus.
5) What was the highlight of your career?
Winning three championships in a row.
6) Who were the best players you played with or faced? Comments?
Our team was really great. One year we had 8 players on the All Star Team.
7) 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?)
Everything went down. TV came in, and people had more money to do other things.
8) Who were your favorite big league ballplayers during the era you played in?
We had lots of them!
9) Do you follow big league ball now? If so, how do you think it compares with your day?
I do follow baseball. It is nothing like it used to be. We played because we loved it.
10) 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?)
Women can not play against men, we know that.
11) How do you feel about the Silver Bullets?
Some of them were good. They should have played women teams, not men.
12) Briefly describe your life since your pro career ended.
I got married in '51. I had my son in '54 when the league ended. I worked and raised my family. Lost my husband 14 years ago but I kept going.
13) What advice do you have for young women who want to become pro ballplayers?
We don't think our league will ever be again.
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