A baseball player originally from Grande Prairie is going to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.
Betty Carveth Dunn has been named to the Hall in the Pioneer Award category.
She will be inducted at a banquet tonight in Red Deer.
She played the 1945 season in the old All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
She says this is nice recognition for the women who played pro baseball during the war years.
“There’s lots of things to remember. The good times, how popular we were with our little dresses and how we slid into a base, we didn’t have any protection at all for sliding into base. We were supposed to act like ladies and play like men.”
Dunn says women in sports has come a long way, but there is still some work to do.
“Here in Edmonton, there were fastball teams and not too many other women’s sports teams at that time. That’s why we got all the publicity because there was no hockey. Soccer was unheard of at that time.”
Dunn played one season of pro ball. She says she was the only Canadian on the old Rockford Peaches team during that 1945 season.
(Photo from the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum web site)