History Highlight | Grand Rapids Chicks | Dolly Niemiec Konwinski

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Dolly Niemiec Konwinski

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Dolly grew up playing baseball in her neighborhood in Chicago, and said she “wanted to be on the ball field since I can remember.”* After playing for the Chicago Colleens and Springfield Sallies, Dolly was an infielder for the Chicks for the 1950 through 1952 seasons. Her career was cut short after injuries from a car accident. Dolly lived in Grand Rapids after playing for the Chicks, and was also a successful professional bowler.

Learn more about Dolly through these original stories in the Grand Rapids Press archives:

December 30, 2018: Dolly ‘Gopher’ helped pioneer women’s professional baseball league

August 20, 1959: Girl Pin Queens Share Spotlight

June 9, 1950: Chicks Sparkle in 4-2 Win

*Konwinski, Dolores L., oral history interview and transcript, 2008, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Collection, (RHC-55), Grand Valley State University. University Libraries. Special Collections & University Archives.