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Gertrude Dunn

Hall of Fame


Inducted 2007


West Chester University

Dunn, an outstanding all-around athlete, was inducted posthumously as a truly great player. Dunn played on the U.S. National Team from 1957 to 1963 and was a member of the U.S. team that toured Great Britain and Ireland in 1957. Dunn also served as an umpire for 20 years in the Philadelphia Women’s Lacrosse Association. 

Away from lacrosse, ""Gertie"" played shortstop in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, made famous by the 1992 movie, ""A League of Their Own"". She was the Rookie of the Year in the league in 1952 and is one of the players featured in the Women in Baseball exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. She was also inducted into the National Field Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988, and is a member of the West Chester University Athletics Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. In 1980, Dunn won the the Amateur Delaware State Women's Golf Championship. She began flying in the early 1990s and traveled to see many of her past teammates. Dunn died in 2004 when the plane she was piloting crashed in Avondale, Pa.