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Wilda Mae Turner

athlete

Inducted February 1975

One of the world’s greatest female softball pitchers. Played for Mears Lumber Company in Bakersfield at age of 11 and for Coca-Cola and the Progressive Optical team at age of 14, competing in the World Softball Tournament. Had consecutive winning streaks of 102 and 46 games for World Amateur Alameda team in 1938 at the age of 16. Turned professional with Parichy Bloomer Girls of Chicago and won 153 games in six years. Was voted to All-Star team each year. Pitched a perfect game in 1946 (no runs, no hits, no walks, no runner reached first base). Pitched 104 consecutive scoreless innings in 1948. Became first professional manager after retirement in 1952, closing active career with an overall earned run average of 0.14. Now lives in the Chicago area.