Our Michigan Baseball Heritage series explores the rich cultural history of professional baseball in the state of Michigan and honors those who were excluded from major league playing fields.
Years before Margaret Thatcher would be known as the Iron Lady, there was the Iron Woman: Connie Wisniewski.
Wisniewski was a star pitcher and outfielder for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1944 until 1952, almost the entire run of the League – which was active from 1943-1954.
She played her first season for the Milwaukee Chicks, then moved with the team to Grand Rapids in 1945.
She played for Grand Rapids until her retirement in 1952. …
Wisniewski’s pitching got her elected to the first AAGPBL All-Star Team in 1946, then [she was named] again in ‘48, ‘49, and ‘51 as an outfielder. She was part of two championship teams and appeared in the playoffs eight times.