11.06.2010

Alma Ziegler, 1992 Ted Williams Women of Baseball

Name: Mr. Alma Ziegler
Team: Grand Rapids Chicks
Position: Second base
Value of card: What's it to ya, toots?
Key 1944 stat: Zero times wearing a cup
The incredible Mr. Ziegler: Alma Ziegler was a man's man. He was a wrestling and baseball star growing up, and, as seen above, he could sweat with the best of them. He was drafted out of high school by the Milwaukee Braves and seemed to be on the fast track to success, but he had a problem: pants. Most men put them on one leg at a time, but Ziegler wouldn't put them on at all. He felt constricted, he said, and his numbers backed up his claim: While wearing pants, Ziegler batted .126 with no home runs; while wearing shorts, or, later in his career, a dress, he batted .339 and averaged 27 home runs a season. Despite his numbers, Ziegler was run out of Major League Baseball. He ended up playing with the Grand Rapids Chicks of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, where he was named the MVP (Most Valuable Player) in 1950 and won MVL (Moist, Voluptuous Legs) from 1944 to 1951.

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