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    Maxine Drinkwater Simmons shows the form that made her the top-field second baseman (called Second Sacker in official statistics) for the South Bend Blue Sox in 1954, the final season of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

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    Simmons was a rookie infielder with the South Bend Blue Sox in 1954, the final season of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. She is kneeling, second from right, in glasses.

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    Simmons holds a copy of her professional baseball contract. The South Bend Blue Sox paid her $60 in salary and $115 for expenses (a total equal to $1,592 in today's dollars) as a rookie in 1954.

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    Simmons kept a detailed scrapbook from her season playing for the South Bend Blue Sox, just after graduating from high school in Camden. She was 18.

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    Yeah, that's Simmons in the front row wearing glasses.

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    This picture shows the slightly larger baseball used by the women, who ran on basepaths 85 feet in length.

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    Simmons led "Second Sackers" - as opposed to Second Basewomen - in fielding percentage in her rookie season of 1954, making only one error in 11 games at second base. She had 21 putouts and 11 assists and turned three double plays.

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    If you find yourself in traffic behind this AAGPBL plate, you're following Camden native Maxine Simmons, who played in the final season of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, 63 years ago.

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