- Sara Reeser
Sara Reeser All-American Girls Professional Baseball League first base Born: February 11, 1925
Bats: Left Throws: Left Teams
- Muskegon Lassies (1946–1948)
- Kalamazoo Lassies (1950)
Career highlights and awards
- All-time single season record for the most sacrifice bunts (1947)
- Best season fielding average at first base (1947)
- Two postseason appearances (1947–1948)
- Women in Baseball – AAGPBL Permanent Display
at Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (1988)
Sara Louise Reeser (born February 11, 1925) is a former infielder who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League between the 1946 and 1950 seasons. Listed at 5' 4", 130 lb., she batted and threw left handed.
Noted for his defensive skills at first base, Sara Reeser recorded the best fielding average at her position in 1947. Her .990 average also is the second best in league history for a single season, being only surpassed by the legendary Dorothy Kamenshek (.995) in 1949. A .218 career hitter, Reeser excelled at slap bunting for base hits. In addition, she possessed a near perfect eye for the strike zone and seldom struck out, as evidenced by her .305 career on-base percentage and her 1.54 walk-to-strikeout ratio (149-to-97).
Born in Columbus, Ohio, Reeser was a latecomer and did not start playing until age 16 in a Columbus industrial softball league. Reeser was 21 years old and married when she entered the league in 1946 with the Muskegon Lassies.
In her rookie season, Reeser collected a .207 batting average and stole a career 45 bases in 110 games, while fielding for a solid .977 average, finishing in fourth place behind Grand Rapids Chicks' Betty Whiting (.989), Rockford Peaches' Kamenshek (.985), and Racine Belles' Margaret Danhauser (.982).
Her most productive season came in 1947, when she posted career numbers in batting average (.231) and hits (92), while committing only 27 errors in fielding chances to led all first sackers with her aforementioned .990 mark. She also set an all-time single season record for the most sacrifice bunts (39) and stole a second career best 36 bases. Late in the season, her teammate Doris Sams hurled a 2–0 perfect game against Dorothy Wiltse and the Fort Wayne Daisies. A RBI-single by Alva Jo Fischer in the fifth inning and a RBI-double by Reeser in the eight represented the only runs of the game, in what otherwise was a strong pitching duel.
Reeser batted .223 in 1948, while matching her career 110 games played, and finished second in fielding average (.986), slightly exceeded by Grand Rapids' Inez Voyce (.989). Out in 1949, she returned with her team when it became the Kalamazoo Lassies in 1950, playing briefly for them in just ten games.
Sara Reeser, along with her former teammates and opponents, received their long overdue recognition when the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum dedicated a permanent display to the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1988.
GP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB TB BB SO BA OBP SLG 342 1177 134 256 14 6 1 88 112 285 179 97 .218 .305 .242
GP PO A E TC DP FA 340 3455 100 58 3613 58 .984
- ^ All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record Book – W. C. Madden. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2000. Format: Paperback, 294pp. Language: English. ISBN 0786437472
- ^ a b c d e All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record Book
- ^ The Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League: A Biographical Dictionary – W. C. Madden. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2005. Format: Paperback, 295 pp. Language: English. ISBN 0786437472
- ^ SABR Biography Project – Doris Sams by Jim Sargent
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Teams Awards and Recognitions
All-Star Team • Player of the Year • Batting records • Pitching records
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