I was racing against time, trying to get surviving players to reply by mail. Diana believed untold stories remained in league history.
One overlooked detail by AAGPBL historians is the fascinating range of jobs these players found after baseball. Pitcher Erma Bergmann (who passed away in 2015) served decades on the St. Louis police force.
I congratulated her on her public service as a police officer. That might be why she concluded her letter this way:
“I never hit a prisoner during my career and I never stole from any drunks.
Asking is free. You never know what details you’ll unearth!
My wife Diana has a birthday today.
No baseball letters today. Just a reminder to all of you.
There has to be a supportive person or more in your hobby lives, too. Let them know that you’re grateful. Whether those allies supply advice, encouragement or simply offer you time, these hobby teammates matter. Thank them often.
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