Saturday, September 3, 2011
WOTM FEATURED IN AZ REPUBLIC
Story and pictures on South Phoenix WOTM members DOT WILKINSON, BILLIE HARRIS, and a photo of MARY GOMEZ were featured in an Arizona Republic article by Clay Thompson dated August 12, 2011. Here are excerpts:
AZ WOMEN'S SOFTBALL PACKED THE STANDS FROM THE '30s TO THE '50s
In June, the ASU women's softball team won the national collegiate championship. But long before those players were born, Phoenix was the unofficial softball capital of the U.S. The sport was wildly popular here in the 1930s, '40s and '50s. Thousands of fans turned out to cheer such teams as the A-1 Queens and the Holsum Maids and superstars including DOT WILKINSON and BILLIE HARRIS. Two Phoenix teams, the Ramblers and the Queens, brought home five national championships between them in the 1940s...The women played in shorts or skirts and were required to appear well-dressed and feminine in public. Lipstick was worn at all times. No bobs, only fashionable haircuts, were permitted...
Megastar DOT WILKINSON, a catcher and Phoenix native, joined the Ramblers as a bat girl at age 11, started playing when she was 15, and played into her 40s. Wilkinson, who won 19 All-American awards,also was a championship bowler.
Another notable player was Rose Perica, who left her hometown of Globe in 1939 to join the Queens. She played one season before movingon to a career in state government. You may know her as Rose Mofford, Arizona's first female governor, who served from 1988-91.
See photos from the glory days of women's softball at www.arizonasoftballfoundation.org
Click on tab for Ramblers, Saints and Westerners for photos of all three of our WOTM softball alumni: Dot, Billie and Mary. Kudos, Ladies!