We are saddened to learn that the AAGPBL Players Association has announced the death of Magdalen “Mamie” Redman, at the age of 90, in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.
Mamie Redman was a catcher and infielder who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), for the Kenosha Comets from 1948-49 and Grand Rapids Chicks from 1950-54.
We are sad to report that former Grand Rapids Chicks catcher, Magdalen "Mamie" Redman passed away on August 22nd. Mamie's grand niece said, "At 90 years old she was still a spitfire. She loved her time playing baseball and helping pave the way for women's sports." pic.twitter.com/2xFZIGtTHK
— AAGPBL Official (@AAGPBL) August 25, 2020
A versatile player and steady contributor throughout her career, Redman played all eight positions in the field her rookie season, after which she played third base and catcher.
She twice led the league in fielding average for a catcher, including her 1953 season, when she won an AAGPBL championship with Grand Rapids.
After the AAGPBL ended, Redman played on Bill Allington’s touring team of league veterans, the All-American All-Stars.
Redman taught high school math and physical education in Oconomowoc for nearly four decades, and taught adult Bible studies across the continent. Redman was also an avid golfer. She celebrated her 90th birthday last month.
Redman is a member of the Waupun High School Hall of Fame, the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame, the Wall of Honor at Miller Park in Milwaukee, and is featured in the “Women in Baseball” exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Redman was among the AAGPBL alumni on set as consultants during the filming of “A League Of Their Own.”
“Some of the movie is just Hollywood, but most of it is true to the time and life,” she told the Wisconsin Daily Citizen in 2014.
Among the flourishes she criticized was the movie’s famous line, “There’s no crying in baseball.”
“Cry?” she said. “We didn’t cry. I don’t know where that came from.”
But the classic movie’s greatest offense, in her view, wasn’t its script.
“My only regret is that the movie didn’t show how well we played,” she told the Daily Citizen. “The caliber of play in the movie wasn’t too good.”
The highlight of her AAGPBL career, Redman told The Diamond Angle in 2011, was “the people I was privileged to play with—lasting valuable friendships.”
When asked her advice for young women aspiring to become professional ballplayers, she responded, “Practice, hope, dream!”
- Obituary from schmidtandbartelt.com
- AAGPBL profile
- Wikipedia entry
- Wisconsin Daily Eagle profile: ‘A League Of Her Own