Thelma “Tiby” Eisen made history as one of the first female professional baseball players, and then made history more literally as a creator of an exhibit honoring her fellow players at the Baseball Hall of Fame, to ensure their triumphs were not forgotten. Eisen played on the best softball teams in Los Angeles, including the Katzenjammer Kids, starting at age fourteen. In 1944 she was one of six athletes chosen to try out for the newly formed All American Girls Professional Baseball League and won a spot on the Milwaukee team, playing outfield positions and earning a reputation for her center field defense. Her team won the first league championship, winning respect from fans, and then relocated to Grand Rapids. In 1946 she made the all-star team, stealing 128 bases, and in 1949 she toured Latin America with another all-star team. After leaving the AAGPBL in 1952, she returned to Los Angeles and played with the Orange Lionettes for another five years, winning several softball world championships. In 1993 she was elected to the board of directors of the AAGPBL Player’s Association, which created an exhibit honoring women at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Thelma Eisen." (Viewed on December 2, 2016) <https://jwa.org/people/eisen-thelma>.