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EVELYN (WAWRYSHYN LITWIN) MOROZ
Athlete/Baseball
Inducted 1992

EVELYN (WAWRYSHYN LITWIN) MOROZ Evelyn Moroz was born in Tyndall. Like most athletes, she excelled in more than one sport. She was North-Eastern Manitoba Senior Girls’ track and field champion in 1940 and was part of the Provincial Senior Ladies’ Championship basketball team in Flin Flon in ‘46. And she was the top scorer on the Winnipeg Senior Women’s hockey team that won both Western and Eastern Canadian finals in 1950.

However, baseball was really Moroz’s passion! She made people take notice of her talent. In 1945, she was a member of the Provincial Champion CUAC Blues fastball team. She was team MVP, winning the Koman Trophy. Moroz was scouted and signed to play in the All American Girls Baseball League (AAGBL). That’s the small “hard ball” with overhand pitching and 90 foot basepaths...not fast-pitch softball that most of the AAGBL pioneers were weaned on.

She obviously made an impression at the large camp in Chicago, at which time she was selected for one of the six teams. She played five seasons for the Muskegon Lassies at second base and in the outfield. The Lassies were the 1947 AAGBL pennant winners.

Individually, in the five seasons she played, Moroz hit .266 in 544 games. She wasn’t a power hitter, as her 37 doubles, 16 triples and single home run among 517 base hits would attest. But she had a knack for coming through in the clutch with 193 runs batted in. That flair for being a “winner” brought her “Player-of-the-Year” honourable mention status in 1948 as well as steadily improving All-Star recognition. She was third team All-League in 1948, second team in ‘49 and a first team All-Star at second base in 1950.

Evelyn Moroz was there in 1989, when Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York recognized the AAGBL. And her picture and statistics are in the “Women in Baseball” section.

b. November 11, 1924
 
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