Marion (Watson) Stanton (1922 – 1997)

Sport: Softball
Position: Pitcher
Year of Induction: 2005


Marion, a lifelong resident of Chatham, excelled at softball and starred on teams in Southwestern Ontario. She was good enough to go on to play professional baseball in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League until injuries caused her to retire.

Career Highlights
  • 1935 – 1937 – beginning at the age of 12, played softball for the Chatham Ladies Silverwoods team
  • 1938 – 1940 – played for Maple City Laundry team – in 1939, team won Ontario Championship – led team in hitting (.513 average), runs batted in, and homeruns
  • 1941 – 1946 – starred for Windsor Dairy team in the Michigan-Ontario League where she was scouted to play professionally
  • 1946 – at age 23, signed to play in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) where she earned $55.00 a week plus all expenses were paid
  • 1947 – traded to the Muskegon Lassies, but while at spring training in Cuba, broke her leg while sliding into home plate and spent the whole year in a cast
  • 1948 – broke her leg again in a motorcycle accident, ending her career
    After playing career was over, continued actively in athletic endeavours at local level – golf regularly 2 times a week at Ridgetown Golf Club, winning the club championship one time in 1984 – was an avid bowler with the Branch 28 Legion team in the Maple City Bowling League, carrying an average of over 200
  • 1988 – along with all members of the AAGPBL, was recognized by National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY
  • 1998 – along with all Canadian members of the AAGPBL, was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ontario as an Honourary Member
  • Summer 1998 – City of Chatham erected a plaque in her honour in Tecumseh Park where she began her career – Marion Watson Stanton Memorial Trophy is presented each year to the most sportsman-like pitcher in Chatham Ladies Softball League

Marion passed away in Chatham in 1997 at the age of 74.