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Calendar
Milliken 2000, Schillace 1999, Didrikson 2001, Ballentine 2001, Lukasik 2000

 
CONGRATULATIONS TO 2015 NWB HALL OF FAMER
CODI DUDLEY, VIRGINIA FLAMES, EWBC


Annual inductions are announced during October.

Player profiles and stories are in the newsletter Fame Forum.

Complete listing of players, teams, and dates provided below
from 1999 to this year's inductions.

CONGRATULATIONS TO 2015 NWB MANAGER OF THE YEAR
JOHN KOVACH, SOUTH BEND BLUE SOX, GLWBL, 1996-2015


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2016 NWB HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS (pending)
Nominations due annually by October 15.
(see Form-Induct section)

2016 PLAYER/MANAGER OF THE YEAR (pending)
Nominations due annually by December 31.
(see Form-Award section)


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Published Articles in 2016
Fame Forum, Volume XIX
Number 08, The Babe Who Finished First, And Never Considered Second, June 19.
Number 07, Triple Crowned and Triple Blessed, EWBC Commissioner Emeritus Milliken, June 16.
Number 06, Smith Goes to Washington and Meets George Washington, June 14.
Number 05, Abbott and Ciullo Engage in Exaggerator, May 24.
Number 04, More Historical Background on the NWB Hall of Fame, May 23, 2016.
Number 03, Who's Next on First? Any Talented Player! January 22, 2016.

Number 02, :Dudley Tops Griffey, January 8, 2016.
Number 01, That Was the Year That Was - 2015, January 1, 2016.

Published Articles in 2015
Fame Forum, Volume XVIII

Number 15, Kovach Emulates the Thirteenth Virtue, December 18, 2015.
Number 14, John Kovach Three-Peat for Grand Finale, NWB Hall of Fame Manager of the Year(s), December 16, 2015
Number 13, Codi Tips Her Cap and Appreciates Induction, November 23, 2015.
Number 12, Dudley Does Everything Right, This Saturday, November 14th, NWB Hall of Fame Induction Invocation, November 11, 2015.
Number 11, Dudley Unanimous Undeniable Distinction 2015 Induction into NWB Hall of Fame, October 22, 2015.
Number 10, NWB Hall of Fame Nomination Statements for Codi Dudley, October 16, 2015.
Number 09, Nominations for 2015 and Berra Recognition, September 23, 2015.
Number 08, Nominations for 2015 Induction into the NWB Hall of Fame, July 29, 2015.
Number 07, Abbott and Ciullo Seek American Pharoah, June 1, 2015.
Number 06, Abbott and Ciullo Over Cherry Day and Dale, March 19, 2015.
Number 05, Abbott and Ciullo Meet Johnny Apple-sauce, March 10, 2015.
Number 04, Abbott and Ciullo Keep Pace with Purim, March 5, 2015.
Number 03, Abbott and Ciullo Join the 40-40 Club, February 12, 2015.
Number 02, Abbott and Ciullo in Who's Stealing First, January 28, 2015.
Number 01, That Was the Year That Was - 2014, January 2, 2015.

Published Articles in 2014

Fame Forum, Volume XVII

Number 15, Abbott and Ciullo Recall Clifford, December 19, 2014.
Number 14, Abbott and Ciullo Talk About Gabby and Gaby, November 2, 2014.
Number 13, Recognition Acknowledgements Received from Richeimer Induction and Harris Manager Award, October 28, 2014.
Number 12, 2014 Manager of the Year Award to Kate Harris, October 22, 2014.
Number 11, 2014 NWB Hall of Fame Manager Recommendation (Harris), October 17, 2014.
Number 10, 2014 NWB Hall of Fame Induction Nomination (Richeimer), October 17, 2014.
Number 09, NWB Hall of Fame Nomination Statement, Outline and Example of Submission, October 4, 2014.
Number 08, Batter-Up for Baseball Connoisseurs, Induction Nominations Due October 15, October 2, 2014.
Number 07, Nominations for 2014 Induction into the NWB Hall of Fame..., September 26, 2014.
Number 06, Is the AAGPBL 1940s Code of Conduct Applicable... Today?, September 22, 2014.
Number 05, Abbott and Ciullo Stealing Home, August 13, 2014.
Number 04, Abbott and Ciullo Pitching for Congress, May 9, 2014.
Number 03, Abbott and Ciullo in the Year Fans Boo'ed Opening Day, March 21, 2014.
Number 02, Abbott and Ciullo Recall the Fourteenth, February 11, 2014.
Number 01, That Was the Year That Was - 2013, January 3, 2014.

 
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HISTORICAL BACKGROUND ON THE NWB HALL OF FAME

Commencing in autumn 1998, the National Women's Baseball
Hall of Fame (NWB/HoF) was specifically designed to offer
recognition for achievements and accomplishments of women
playing regulation baseball.  This includes both previous and
present participants.

The first awards were provided in October 1999, and since then
selections are confirmed annually during that month.  There now
have been forty-four (44) persons so honored.

One to three nominations are typically received each year,
which are voted upon by the National Selection Committee
consisting of current NWB/HoF designates, and individuals
directly involved with women's baseball, e.g., managers,
coaches, and writers.

Also in 1998, the organization title became a registered tradename.
Subsequently, applications, descriptions, other website documents
when produced, and all articles in the newsletter "Fame Forum"
were/are copyrighted.

The NWB/HoF parallels similar entities as those at Cooperstown
and Williamsport.  However, basic requirements include at least
three years of play in organized baseball, and 75% approval by
the committee.  Whereas, Cooperstown for induction requires a
minimum of 10 years on a MLB team as a professional player.

Candidates for the NWB/HoF are open to all recreational and
professional players on any team.  Nominations may be submitted
any time during the year, but typically they arrive in late September
and during October.

The first year's induction in 1999 featured two exceptional players:
Claire Schillace, center fielder, Racine Belles, 1943-1946, with the
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League; and Charlene Wright,
pitcher, with New York and New Jersey teams, 1994-2000s.

Individuals selected varied over the past eighteen years with an
open nomination process for anyone interested and qualified.
Candidates representing different abilities and positions were
submitted for consideration.

When Cooperstown commenced in 1936, it physically started
as a file cabinet in the office of a local Chamber of Commerce.
It began as a promotional scheme during the Depression and
Prohibition when regional barley farms and village businesses
sorely needed an alternative source income and a financial
attraction.

They certainly hit upon the right topic.  In the first year 1936,
there were five inductions and the premier player was Ty Cobb
followed closely in balloting by Babe Ruth.  Subsequently,
over the past 80 years, even at Cooperstown, ot all inductions
could match the caliber of Cobb and Ruth.

This circumstance is probably true for most award granting
organizations from Academy Awards to Pulitzer Prizes.

In addition, unlike Cooperstown, consistent statistics were,
and are, not always available even for NWB/HoF players in
established organized leagues.  Thus, nominations may be
served by two approaches: application (requiring statistics),
and statement (including recommendations).  Often with the
latter, there is one nomination from a manager supplemented
by two or three supporting statements from teammates.

Several of the NWB/HoF designates played in the All-American
Girls Professional Baseball League (1943-1954) founded by
Philip K. Wrigley.  Claire Schillace was the second player
signed under contract with the league.

This active playing legacy, as second generation pioneers,
is continued extensively today through the auspices of the
Eastern Women's Baseball Conference, other similar leagues,
and the USA Baseball Women's National Team.

http://www.aagpbl.org
http://www.easternwomensbaseball.org
http://web.usabaseballteam.com/womens_national_team.jsp


The NWB/HoF website contains information, applications, and
requirements.  In addition, there have never been assessments
or filing fees to submit a nomination.

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Administration is designed to be objective and impartial, and
current players are independently nominated and selected.
However, occasionally only historic players, e.g., AAGPBL,
are proposed internally for nomination.  Selections are always
conducted through ballots (email or mail) from the committee.

The list of current Famers is posted on this website and
provided below representing information submitted during
their induction year, and for each person confirmed there
were accompanying articles at that time in this newsletter.

Many of those honored 44 have played for several teams,
and the following chart displays the regions (or states) where
they participated when inducted.

NWB Famers by Region

IN/MI/IL/WI    16    36%
VA/MD            20    45%
PA/NJ/NY         6     14%
CO/CA              1      2+%
Canada              1      2+%


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NWB HALL OF FAME AWARDS

The NWB Hall of Fame presents recognition awards and special
articles on women players engaged in regulation hardball within
organized leagues (previous and current players).

Annual programs include induction into the NWB Hall of Fame
(October), and Manager and MVP Awards (September-December).
Individuals who were selected for annual induction are listed below.

2015 Induction into the NWB Hall of Fame
Codi Dudley
..Virginia Flames, 2012-present
..Virginia Fury, 2009-2011

2014 Induction into the NWB Hall of Fame
Gaby Richeimer
..Montgomery County BarnCats, 2008-present

2013 Inductions into the NWB Hall of Fame
Sophie Kurys
..Racine Belles, 1943-1950
..All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
LaVonne Paire
..Minneapolis Millerettes and Fort Wayne Daises, 1944-1945
..Grand Rapids Chicks, 1946-1953
..All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Cindy Weisman
..Montgomery County BarnCats, 1999-2002
..Virginia Flames, 2003-present
..Eastern Women's Baseball Conference

2012 Inductions into the NWB Hall of Fame
Doris Sams
..Muskegon Lassies, 1946-1949, and
..Kalamazoo Lassies, 1950-1953
..All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Mary Zajac
..Virginia Flames, 1997-current
..DC Thunder (tournament team)
..Eastern Women's Baseball Conference
Jean Faut
..South Bend Blue Sox, 1946-1953
..All-American Girls Professional Baseball League


2011 Inductions into the NWB Hall of Fame

Robin Gelman
..Montgomery County BarnCats, 1998-current
..DC Thunder (tournament team)
..Eastern Women's Baseball Conference
Jennifer Hammond
..Virginia Flames, 2002-current
..DC Thunder (tournament team)
..Eastern Women's Baseball Conference

2010 Inductions into the NWB Hall of Fame

Gina Whitacre
..Virginia Flames, 1997-current
..DC Thunder (tournament team)
..Eastern Women's Baseball Conference
Bonnie Hoffman
..Baltimore Blues, 2006-current
..Virginia Boxers, 1996-2005
..DC Thunder (tournament team)
..Eastern Women's Baseball Conference
Dorothy Kamenshek
..Rockford Peaches, 1943-1951 and 1953
..All-American Girls Professional Baseball League

2009 Inductions into the NWB Hall of Fame

Donna Middleton
.. Virginia Flames, 2000-current
..DC Thunder (tournament team)
..Eastern Women's Baseball Conference
Karen McGovern
..Philadelphia Terrors, 2006-current
..Philadelphia Independence (tournament team), 2004-current
..Philadelphia Thunder, 2004
..Philadelphia Women's Baseball League
Narda Quigley
.. Philadelphia Rocks, 2005-current
..Philadelphia Independence (tournament team), 2004-current
..Philadelphia Clash, 2004
..Philadelphia Women's Baseball League
..Virginia Flames, 2000-2003
..Eastern Women's Baseball Conference
Theresa MacGregor
.. Denver Women's Baseball League, Manager, 1994-2005
..Chicago Storm (tournament team)
..Co-ed teams (Cardinals, A's, SunKings, and Cools)
..USA National Team, 2001, 2002, and 2003
..San Jose Spitfires, 1997-1998
..Ladies Professional League

2008  Inductions into the NWB Hall of Fame

Melissa Gibbons
..Blue Crush, 2004-current
  Philadelphia Women's Baseball League
..New Jersey Nemesis, 1999-2001
..New Jersey Diamonds, 1998
..Mid-Atlantic Philadelphia Pride, 1994-1998
Rosie Anderson
..Virginia Flames, 2000-current
  Eastern Women's Baseball Conference

2007 Induction into the NWB Hall of Fame
Kris "Lefty" Raniszewski
..Detroit Danger, 2000-2005, and 2007-current
..Detroit Diesel, 2006
..Michigan Stars, 1996-1998

2006 Inductions into the NWB Hall of Fame

Maud Nelson, Boston Bloomers, Western Bloomer
..Girls (Michigan), American Athletic Girls,
..and All Star Ranger Girls, 1897-1934
Carmen Dominguez, Virginia Flames, 2002-current
Sandy Triolo, Panthers 1991, BarnCats 1992-2001
..Montgomery County, MD

2005 Inductions into the NWB Hall of Fame
Joanne Winter, Racine Belles, 1943-1950
..All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Laura Brenneman, Virginia Flames, 2004-current,
..Virginia Boxers, 2002-2003, and
..Team USA, 2002-current
Diane Sweeney, BarnCats, 1992-current,
..Montgomery County, Maryland
Cindy Fereno, Virginia Flames, 1992-2005, and 2008

2004 Inductions into the NWB Hall of Fame
Genevieve Beauchamp, Team Canada,
Team Ontario, and Team Mississauga, 2004-current,
..Team Quebec, 2003, and Team Ontario, 2002
Renee Hudson, BarnCats, 2002-current,
..Montgomery County, Maryland, and
..Virginia Flames, 1998-2001

2003 Inductions into the NWB Hall of Fame

Stephanie Ciulla, Virginia Flames, 1999-2004
Kristen Guidace, Virginia Boxers, 1990's-current
Shawn Macurio, Detroit Danger, 2001-current,
..Metro Detroit Renegades, 2000, and Lansing Stars 1999
Carol Sheldon, Detroit Danger and Lansing Stars, 1996-current
Dorothy "Dottie" Ferguson, Rockford Peaches, 1945-1954
..All-American Girls Professional Baseball League

2002 Inductions into the NWB Hall of Fame
Robin Wallace, North Shore Cougars,
..New England Clippers, and South Bend
..Blue Sox, 1996-current
Faye Dancer, Minneapolis Millerettes,
..1944, and Fort Wayne Daisies, 1945-1950
..All-American Girls Professional Baseball League

2001 Inductions into the NWB Hall of Fame

Kelly Ballentine, BarnCats, 1992-2001,
..Montgomery County, Maryland
Veronica "Ronnie" Geyer, New York and
..New Jersey teams, 1980's-current
Mildred "Babe" Didrikson, House of David,
..barnstorming team, 1930's

2000 Inductions into the NWB Hall of Fame
JoAnn Milliken, Virginia Flames, 1992-current
Sue Lukasik, Chicago Storm, 1988-current
May Howard, Franklin's Young Ladies
..Base Ball Club No.1, New Jersey, 1890's

1999 Inductions into the NWB Hall of Fame

Claire Schillace, Racine Belles, 1943-1946
..All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Charlene Wright, New York and New Jersey teams
..1994-current


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"National Women's Baseball Hall of Fame" is an officially
registered trade name through the State of Maryland.

Programs and articles are protected under provisions
of the U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress.

Copyrights, NWB Hall of Fame, 1998-2015
Richard C. Jaffeson, Chevy Chase, Maryland 
 
 


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