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Doris Sams
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Baseball Player
    (February 2, 1927-June 28, 2012)
    Born in Knoxville, Tennessee
    Pitcher and outfielder for the Muskegon/Kalamazoo Lassies of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (1946-53)
    .290 career batting average
    22 home runs
    286 RBIs
    2.16 ERA
    64-47 win-loss record
    Pitched a perfect game (August 18, 1947)
    Five-time All-Star (1947,1949-52)
    Two-time Player of the Year (1947,1949)
    Inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame (1970)
    Nicknamed 'Sammye'
    She said about her perfect game, 'It wasn't so perfect. They hit me like a drum. But it was one of those days when everybody was on their toes. They caught line drives and everything else - just unreasonable catches that day.'
    She complained that the League's change from underhand and sidearm pitching to overhand pitching in 1948 ruined her arm.
    In her last ever at bat, she struck out with bases loaded.
    She briefly took up golf after leaving baseball but had to leave the links due to a back injury.
    At age nine, she won the Southern Appalachian Marbles Tournament, which made her the first girl to qualify for the National Marbles Championship in Chicago.
    She began playing for a local fast-pitch softball team when she was 11 ('Most of the girls were a good five, six, or seven years older than I was.') and helped lead them to seven state championships over the next eight years.
    She made the All-Star Team as both a pitcher and an outfielder.
    In 'Total Baseball' (1995), she was named of the twenty greatest stars in AAGPBL history.

Credit: C. Fishel

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