To celebrate National Bobblehead Day on Jan. 7, National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled four officially licensed, limited-edition Fort Wayne Daisies AAGPBL Bobbleheads.
The Daisies were part of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, or AAGPBL, that played 1945 through 1954. While men were off to war, women got their chance to play pro baseball and keep fans coming to the ballparks.
The league is known by many because of the 1992 film, “A League of Their Own” that starred Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, and Lori Petty.
The bobbleheads depict Daisies players Dottie Schroeder and sisters Betty Weaver Foss and Joanne Weaver in white skirted uniforms with brown and yellow socks, each on a baseball field base. The sisters are depicted at-bat, while Schoeder, a shortstop, is in mid-throw. The fourth bobblehead depicts a Daisy in a brown uniform with yellow highlights that’s similar to the 1960s classic bobblehead style.
It’s the first bobbleheads for all three players and they are part of 13 available in the new series featuring the league’s top players from the Grand Rapids Chicks, Kenosha Comets, Muskegon Lassies, Racine Belles, Rockford Peaches and South Bend Blue Sox.
Each bobblehead is individually numbered to 500, and they are only available through the Milwaukee-based National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s online store at https://store.bobbleheadhall.com. The bobbleheads are $30 each for the All-Star Bobbleheads and $25 for the vintage bobblehead plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order. A complete set of all 13 All-Stars is $375 while the set of 15 vintage bobbleheads is $300.
Foss played in the final five seasons of the AAGPBL from 1950 to 1954 and was one of the game’s top stars, playing outfield and first base. She started her career as Betty Weaver, but changed her last name to Foss after marrying. Her younger sisters, Jean and Joanne, joined the Daisies in 1951. Making an immediate impact, Foss won the Rookie of the Year award in 1950 after batting a league-high .346. She also won the batting title in 1951 (.368) and claimed Player of the Year honors in 1952. In her five seasons, Foss collected a league-record 117 doubles and batted .342 with 401 runs scored, 312 RBI and 294 stolen bases. She is only one of six players to hit 30 or more home runs in her career (32). In 1998, Foss died at the age of 68 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in her hometown of Metropolis, Illinois.
Weaver was the youngest of three sisters to play for the Daisies from 1951 to 1954. A three-time All-Star who primarily played right field, Weaver won three consecutive batting titles and the Player of the Year award in 1954 in helping the Daisies to four playoff appearances. The AAGPBL’s all-time leader in batting averages (.358), Weaver holds the single-season marks in batting average (.429), home runs (29) and total bases (254). Weaver died at the age of 64 in 2000 in her hometown of Metropolis, Illinois, of the same disease that claimed her older sister two years earlier.
Schroeder, a native of Sadorus, Illinois, has the distinction of being the only player to play in the AAGPBL in all 12 seasons, starting as a 15-year-old. In addition to the Daisies (1947-52), the three-time All-Star also played for the South Bend Blue Sox (1943-45), Kenosha Comets (1945-47) and Kalamazoo Lassies (1953-54). Described as the top shortstop in league history, she played on championship teams in 1943 and 1954. Schroeder is the AAGPBL all-time leader in games played (1,249), at-bats (4,129), RBI (431) and walks (696). She also ranks second in hits (870) and third in home runs (42). Schroeder, who died at the age of 68 in 1996 after complications of a brain aneurysm, is one of the few AAGPBL players pictured individually in the exhibit on Women in Baseball at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, which was created in 1988.