Chet Grant

Donald Chester Grant (February 22, 1892 in Defiance, Ohio – July, 1985 in South Bend, Indiana) was an American football player, coach and sportswriter.

At a young age, Chet Grant took an active interest in South Bend athletics, particularly Notre Dame football, and at the age of eighteen he became the sports editor for the South Bend Tribune. Ten years later, he enrolled at the University of Notre Dame where he played forward for the basketball team and, in his late twenties, became the backup quarterback for Knute Rockne's football squad in 1920—the same year the legendary George Gipp died of complications from pneumonia. Under Grant's direction as the starting quarterback the following year, the team amassed a record of 10-1, with their only loss at undefeated Iowa.

Years later, Grant would return to coach the backfield for Elmer Layden's team from 1934-1940, and eventually would become a curator for the sports collections at the Notre Dame Archives. Besides this, he managed from 1946 through 1947 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League for the South Bend Blue Sox, leading his team to a collective 127-96 record and two consecutive playoff appearances. He returned to manage the Kenosha Comets in 1948, ending fourth in the five-team Western Division with a 62-64 mark.

Chet Grant
Biographical details
BornFebruary 22, 1882
Defiance, Ohio
DiedJuly, 1985
South Bend, Indiana
Playing career
1920–1921Notre Dame
Position(s)Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1934–1940Notre Dame (assistant)

Bibliography

  • Before Rockne at Notre Dame (1978), (ISBN 0-89651-050-6)

References

Amy Shuman

Amy Shuman/Jurasinski [nee Dunkleberger] (March 10, 1925 – August 22, 2014) was born in Mohrsville, Pennsylvania to parents Earl and Pearl (Gerber) Dunkleberger. Amy played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League during the 1946 season. She measured 5-foot 6-inch and weighed 140 pounds, and batted and threw left-handed.

Chet

Chet is a masculine given name, often a nickname for Chester, which means fortress or camp. It is an uncommon name of English origin, and originated as a surname to identify people from the city of Chester, England. Chet was ranked 1,027th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.People named Chet include:

Chet Allen (actor, 1939-1984) (1939–1984), child opera and choir performer

Chet Allen (actor, 1928-2011) (1929–2011), American actor

Chester Chet Atkins (1924–2001), American country guitarist and record producer

Chesney Chet Baker (1929–1988), American jazz musician and vocalist

Chet Brooks (born 1966), American former National Football League player

Chester Chet Bulger (1917–2009), American National Football League player

Chester Chet Culver (born 1966), former Governor of Iowa

Thomas Chester Chet Edwards (born 1951), American politician

Fulvio Chester Chet Forte (1935–1996), American sports television director and basketball player

Chester Chet Gardner (1898–1939), American race car driver

Chester Chet Gladchuk (1917–1967), National Football League and Canadian Football League player

Donald Chester Chet Grant (1892–1985), American basketball and football player, football and All-American Girls Professional Baseball League coach and sports editor

Chet Hanulak (born 1933), American former National Football League player

Chester E. Holifield (1903–1995), American politician

Chester Chet Huntley (1911–1974), American television newscaster

Chester Chet Jastremski (1941–2014), American swimmer

Chester Chet Jaworski (1916–2003), American college basketball player

Chester Chet Lemon (born 1955), American retired Major League Baseball player

Chet Miksza (1930–1975), Canadian Football League player

Chet Moeller (born 1953), American college football player

Chester Chet Mutryn (1921–1995), All-America Football Conference and the National Football League player

Chester Chet Nichols, Sr. (1897–1982), Major League Baseball pitcher

Chester Chet Nichols, Jr. (1931–1995), Major League Baseball pitcher, son of the above

Chester Chet Ostrowski (1930–2001), American National Football League player

Chet Raymo (born 1936), American writer, educator and naturalist

Chester Chet Walker (born 1940), American National Basketball Association player

Chester Chet A. Wynne (1898–1967), American football player and college head coach

Defiance, Ohio

Defiance is a city in and the county seat of Defiance County, Ohio, United States, about 55 miles (89 km) southwest of Toledo and 47 miles (76 km) northeast of Fort Wayne, Indiana, in Ohio's northwestern corner. The population was 16,494 at the 2010 census.

Delores Brumfield

Delores Brumfield [White] (born May 26, 1932) is a former utility infielder/outfielder who played from 1947 through 1953 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Listed at 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m), 125 lb., she batted and threw right-handed.In 1947 Delores Brumfield became one of the youngest players to join the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League at the age of 14. Throughout much of her career, Brumfield exhibited a versatility to play most positions with the exception of pitcher and catcher. Among other career highlights, she posted the best fielding average for all position players in 1950 and finished second in the batting title race in 1953. Following her baseball retirement, she earned a master's degree and doctorate in physical education and worked as a teacher and coach for 40 years.Born in Prichard, Alabama, Delores was the oldest of three children into the family of Earl Henry and Miriam McKay (née Turner) Brumfield. Her father was an auto mechanic, while her mother stayed at home until World War II, when she started as an office worker before becoming an office manager for an insurance firm.At an early age Brumfield learned to play sandlot ball with other neighborhood kids, trying out for the league in 1946 when she turned 13. After failing to make the grade, she joined a softball team made up of girls from the Brookley Field area military base in Mobile. She received an invitation the next year to attend the AAGPBL spring training in Havana, Cuba. Her parents did not liked the idea, but they agreed after a league's player, Margaret Holgerson, offered to serve as a chaperone for their daughter during the trip.At 15, Brumfield entered the league in 1947 with the South Bend Blue Sox, a squad managed by Chet Grant, a former Notre Dame football player and the sports editor for the South Bend Tribune. She obtained her nickname ״Dolly״ that season, and it stuck with her for the rest of her career. Grant worked hard with Brumfield, spending significant amount of time teaching and encouraging her. When he moved to the Kenosha Comets the following season, he selected her from the player pool. I attribute a lot of my success in the league to Chet, she explained in an interview.Brumfield hit a low .117 batting average in her rookie season and .142 as a sophomore. She raised her average to .212 in 1949, while playing for new manager Johnny Gottselig. She also improved in other areas, dropping her strikeouts to only 26 in 274 at bats (one in each 10.54 AB), while raising her on-base percentage from .225 to .289 and her slugging from .153 to .248.Her most productive season came in 1950, when she posted career numbers in games played (108), hits (108), runs (58), RBI (37), doubles (14), triples (7) and stolen bases (37). She also ranked seventh for the most total bases (139) and tied for fourth in triples, averaging a .336 OBP and a .332 SLG. For the second consecutive year, she improved her batting average more than 50 points, hitting .264, while striking out only once every 17.78 at bats, another career best. In addition, he shined at first base, committing only 15 errors in 1259 chances for a .988 fielding average, for the best mark among position players.In 1951 Brumfield batted a team-high .273 average and tied for ninth in the league in doubles (14). She was traded to the Fort Wayne Daisies in 1952, appearing mostly at second base, but struggled until the manager Jimmie Foxx put her at first base for a double header. She went six-for-eight, including a home run, which prompted Foxx to use her at first in a regular basis. Unfortunately, near the end of the season she broke her left ankle in a home-plate collision and lost the rest of the season and the playoffs.During her last season of play, in 1953, Brumfield batted a hefty .332 average to finish second behind teammate Joanne Weaver (.346), while surpassing another teammate, Betty Foss (.321), and Rockford Peaches' Alice Deschaine (.315). Fort Wayne, with Bill Allington at the helm, clinched the regular season title but lost to the Kalamazoo Lassies in the best-of-three first round. Despite her successful year, Brumfield suffered a prolonged case of anemia during the regular season and decided to concentrate in her college education. Playing in the league allowed me to pay for my college education, she claimed.Brumfield had been attending college during the offseason. She graduated from Alabama College for Women (1954) with a degree in health, physical education and recreation. She then attended the University of Southern Mississippi, receiving her master's degree (1959) and doctorate (1969) in physical education. In 1977 she married Joe White, from Gurdon, Arkansas, becoming known as Dr. Delores ״Dee״ White. She took up teaching at Henderson State University and retired in 1994 after 40 years of dedicated work, being honored with the title professor emeritus.In 1988, she became part of Women in Baseball, a permanent display based at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, which was unveiled to honor the entire All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. She later served as president of the AAGPBL Players Association for a long term.

Besides this, her work and legacy also have been recognized by a number of individuals and organizations. She gained induction into the Henderson’s Reddie Hall of Honor in 1998. In 2003, she was invited to the White House by President George W. Bush to serve as a first base coach for one of the South Lawn tee ball games hosted by the president. In 2004, she was honored by the University of Montevallo with one of its Distinguished Alumni Award. Then, in 2007 she was recognized by seeing the Henderson State University softball field renamed as the “Dr. Delores ‘Dolly’ Brumfield-White Softball Field” in a dedication ceremony. She has even been honored with a painting of her adorning a traffic control box in North Little Rock, Arkansas, just a short distance from Dickey-Stephens Park, the home of the Texas League's Arkansas Travelers.

Jean Faut

Jean Anna Faut [Winsch/Eastman] (born November 17, 1925) was a starting pitcher who played from 1946 through 1953 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Listed at 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m), 137 lb., she batted and threw right-handed.Jean Faut is considered by baseball historians and researchers as the greatest overhand pitcher in AAGPBL history. From 1946 through 1953, Faut set several all-time and single-season records. She compiled a lifetime record of 140–64 with a 1.23 earned run average in 235 pitching appearances, registering the lowest career ERA for any pitcher in the league. Besides hurling two perfect games, her league achievements include pitching two no-hitters, twice winning the Triple Crown and collecting three 20-win seasons. She also led in wins and strikeouts three times, set the league record for single-season winning percentage at .909 (20–2), and led the South Bend Blue Sox to consecutive championships in 1951 and 1952. Faut never had a losing season or an ERA above 1.51, being surpassed only by Helen Nicol for the most career wins (163). A four-time member of the All-Star Team, Faut was named Player of the Year in two out of eight possible seasons. Her baseball career, which spanned eight years, reflects the experiences of many women who played in the competitive era of overhand pitching in the AAGPBL. But like several other players from the league, she coupled her professional playing career with a more traditional lifestyle as a wife and mother.

Kenosha Comets

Based in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the Kenosha Comets were a women's professional baseball team that played from 1943 through 1951 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The team played their home games at Kenosha's Lake Front Stadium, but later moved to Simmons Field.

The Kenosha Comets were one of the first four teams in the AAGPBL. Originally named the "Shamrocks", they were renamed after the first game of their inaugural season. In 1943, the Comets posted the third-best record of the league at 56-52, but had won the second-half title (33-21) and earn a ticket to the playoffs, they were swept in three games by the Racine Belles.

Kenosha again placed third in 1944 (62-54) and made the playoffs, thanks to a first-half title (36-23). The Comets took a 3-2 lead over the Milwaukee Chicks in the best-of-seven series, but lost the decisive Game 7. Kenosha faded after that, ending last in 1945 (41-69), seventh of eight teams in 1946 (42-70), and last in 1947 (43-69).

The Comets rebounded in 1948, ending fifth (61-64) in the five-team Western Division and advancing to the playoffs, but were defeated by Racine in the first round, three to zero games. In 1949 Kenosha finished fourth (58–55) in the eight-team league, but lost to the Muskegon Lassies in two games during the first round of post-season action.

Their most productive season came in 1950, when they finished second with a 64-46 record, three games behind Racine, only to lost for the fifth straight appearance in the first round, this time to the Rockford Peaches in four games.

In 1951, Kenosha ended sixth (36-71) in the eight-team league, out of contention. The team folded at the end of the season.

In its nine years of history, the Kenosha Comets had in their rosters notable players as pitcher Helen Nicol and slugger Audrey Wagner, as well as Lois Florreich, Katie Horstman, Elizabeth Mahon, Dorothy Schroeder and Fern Shollenberger.

List of All-American Girls Professional Baseball League managers

The following is a list of managers who formed part of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) during its twelve years of existence, from its inception in 1943 through the 1954 season.

This list presents data from an eight-year collaborative research project commanded by the AAGPBL Players' Association and is considered to be the definitive list of all the known managers that ever formed part of the league.

Bill Allington became the most successful manager in league history. He never had a losing season, while setting all-time records for the most championships titles (four, 1945 and 1948–1950), postseason appearances (nine, 1945–1946, 1948–1954), as well as regular season victories (583) and winning percentage (.594).

Some information is not available and is subject to future additions and eventual improvement.

List of Notre Dame Fighting Irish starting quarterbacks

The following individuals have started games at quarterback for the University of Notre Dame football team, updated through the 2018 season.

The year of induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, if applicable, is designated alongside the respective player's final season.

List of University of Notre Dame athletes

This list of University of Notre Dame athletes includes graduates, non-graduate former students, and current students of Notre Dame who are notable for their achievements within athletics, sometimes before or after their time at Notre Dame. Other alumni can be found in the list of University of Notre Dame alumni.

Although Notre Dame is highly ranked academically, it has also been called a "jock school" as it has produced a large number of athletes. Intercollegiate sports teams at Notre Dame are called the "Fighting Irish". Notre Dame offers 13 varsity sports for both men and women: Men's American Football, Men's Baseball, Men's and Women's Basketball, Men's and Women's Cross Country, Men's and Women's Fencing, Men's and Women's Golf, Men's Ice Hockey, Men's and Women's Lacrosse, Women's Rowing, Men's and Women's Soccer, Women's Softball, Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving, Men's and Women's Tennis, Men's and Women's Track and Field, and Women's Volleyball. Approximately 400 students have gone on to play professional American football in the National Football League, the American Football League, or the All-America Football Conference, with many others going to play other sports professionally. Some athletes have also participated in the Olympic Games.

Ruth Williams

Ruth Williams [Heverly] (February 12, 1926 – February 10, 2005) was a pitcher who played from 1946 through 1953 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Listed at 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m), 139 lb., she batted and threw right-handed.Ruth Williams debuted in the AAGPBL as a 20-year rookie and had a solid if unspectacular career that spanned eight seasons. Used as a spot starter and reliever, Williams collected at least ten wins in five of those seasons, while her 2.19 career earned run average ranks her twelfth in the all-time list of AAGPBL pitchers with at least 1,000 innings of work. During her career she hurled eight eight two-hitters, one of them a no-hitter going into the ninth inning of a contest.Born in Nescopeck, Pennsylvania, Williams began playing softball at age 12 in a church league. When she was a sophomore at East Stroudsburg University, Williams played for the New York Traders, a fastpitch softball team that paid her travel and food expenses for her to play during the weekends. After her father read about the AAGPBL in a Philadelphia Inquirer advertisement, he motivated his daughter to attend a tryout in Allentown. About 400 girls attended, and three days later she received an offer to join the league.Williams opened 1946 with the Racine Belles, but ten days later was transferred to the Fort Wayne Daisies. She was relegated to a bench role for most of the year, pitching in just one game while striking out a batter in one inning. She was traded to the South Bend Blue Sox a year later. Meanwhile, she finished her Physical Education and General Science degrees from ESU and began teaching at Wissahickon High School in Ambler, Pennsylvania.In 1947, Blue Sox manager Chet Grant gave Williams a chance to join the pitching rotation, which included the experimented Jean Faut, Phyllis Koehn and Ruby Stephens. Williams responded with a 12–8 record and 1.70 ERA in 25 games, striking out 48 in 180 innings. Her performance slacked to a 10–10 mark and a 2.25 ERA in 1948, but she still managed to strike out 55 and collect 160 innings in 23 games.Her most productive season in 1949, when she posted a 10–6 record with a career-high 1.64 ERA, which ranked her as the ninth best in ERA and winning percentage (.625), helping her team tie for first place with the Rockford Peaches. Since she was still teaching in Pennsylvania, the Blue Sox flew Williams in for the Memorial Day weekend in order to pitch. She then won two games and returned to school to finish out the school year.Williams started 1950 with South Bend, but was traded to the Peoria Redwings during the midseason and ended the year with the Kalamazoo Lassies. She combined for a 5–10 record with a 3.47 ERA in just 19 games. She did not have much run support from the Lassies and recorded losing records for the remaining three years of career by going 10–11, 10–12 and 8–12. Nevertheless, she posted low earned runs averages of 1.96, 2.48 and 2.12, pitched a career-high 174 innings in 1952, and finished ninth in ERA in 1951.Following her baseball career, Williams married Leonard Heverly and continued her work in Ambler. The couple adopted a son, Mark, but tragedy struck in 1980 when her husband died in an unfortunate traffic collision caused by a drunk driver. She retired after the accident.Williams later attended the AAGPBL Players Association reunions. The association was largely responsible for the opening of Women in Baseball, a permanent display based at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, which was unveiled in 1988 to honor the entire All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.In 1995 Ruth Williams Heverly suffered a heart attack, which slowed her life down considerably for the next ten years. She died at her home in Ambler, Pennsylvania, just two days short of her 79th birthday.

South Bend Blue Sox

The South Bend Blue Sox was a women's professional baseball team who played from 1943 through 1954 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. A founding member, the team represented South Bend, Indiana, and played their home games at Bendix Field (1943–1945) and Playland Park (1946–1954).

The Blue Sox was one of two teams to play in every AAGPBL season without relocating, the other being the Rockford Peaches. Often a second-division team, they appeared in six playoff series and won two league titles.

In the 1943 inaugural season, The Blue Sox finished in third place with a 51–40 mark, only .001 percentage point behind second place Kenosha Comets. Together, pitchers Margaret Berger and Doris Barr threw 79 of the 91 games played by the Sox. Berger was credited with 25 wins and Barr with 15, while Berger posted her greatest triumph in a 13-inning match, which she won 1–0.

The next three years, South Bend finished 64–55 (1944), 49–60 (1945), 70–42 (1946), 57–54 (1947) and 57–59 (1948). After falling in their playoff intents, in the 1949 season the team posted the best record in with a 75–36 mark. That year they were swept in the playoffs, 4-to-0, by Rockford, after getting a first-round bye along with them. The South Bend club went on to win their next four playoffs in claiming back-to-back championship titles in 1951 and 1952. After that, the Blue Sox finished in last place both in the 1953 and 1954 seasons.

Apart from the aforementioned Barr and Berger, the South Bend included talented players as Mary Baker (C), Jean Faut (P) Betsy Jochum (OF/1B), Elizabeth Mahon (OF), Betty Whiting (IF), and Dottie Schroeder (SS), who played with four teams to become the only girl to play through the 12 years of existence of the circuit.

Wheelbarrow Closers

Wheelbarrow Closers is a 1976 play written by Louis La Russo II. The show opened at the Bijou Theatre on October 11, 1976 and closed on October 16, 1976 after 8 performances.

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