Audrey Bleiler [Seitzinger] (January 12, 1933 – June 20, 1975) was an infielder who played from 1950 through 1952 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Listed at 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m), 125 lb., Blailer batted and threw right-handed. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
|All-American Girls Professional Baseball League|
|Third base / Shortstop|
|Born: January 12, 1933|
|Died: June 28, 1975 (aged 42)|
Camden, New Jersey
|Career highlights and awards|
The opposing pitchers were not worried about facing the diminutive Audrey Bleiler, but she would compensate that with her quickness and instinctive reflexes at the hot corner for most of her three seasons in the league, winning consecutive championships with the South Bend Blue Sox.
Bleiler joined South Bend in the 1950 season, serving primarily as a backup at third base for Helen Filarski and eventually filling in at shortstop for Senaida Wirth. Blailer was part of a rare occurrence in her rookie season while playing a game against the Muskegon Lassies. With runners at second and third bases and none outs, she caught a line drive ball and threw to second sacker Mary Baker, who nailed the base runner. Baker then whipped the ball to Blailer, who tagged the runner before she could return to third to complete a 5-4-5 triple play.
After being married in 1951, she played under the name of Audrey Seitzinger during the 1952 season, her last year in the league. South Bend swept the Grand Rapids Chicks in the best-of-three first round, and won their second title in a row after defeating the Rockford Peaches, 3 to 2 games. She was a .180 career hitter and batted .286 (6-for-21) in seven postseason games.
She left the Blue Sox after the season and stayed home to take care of her family. She went on to have two boys, Thomas and Charles, and two girls, Audrey and Marie.
Thirteen years after her death, she was recognized at Women in Baseball, a permanent display based at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, which was unveiled to honor the entire All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
- "All-American Girls Professional Baseball League – Audrey Seitzinger". Retrieved 2019-03-27.
- 1950 South Bend Blue Sox. Retrieved 2019-03-27.
- Encyclopedia of Women and Baseball – Leslie A. Heaphy, Mel Anthony May. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2006. Format: Softcover, 438pp. Language: English. ISBN 0-7864-2100-2
- All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record Book – W. C. Madden. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2000. Format: Hardcover, 294pp. Language: English. ISBN 0-7864-0597-X
- 1951 South Bend Blue Sox. Retrieved 2019-03-27.
- "Baseball, signed by the 1951 South Bend Blue Sox". National Museum of American History. Retrieved 2019-03-31.
- 1952 South Bend Blue Sox. Retrieved 2019-03-27.
- All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record Book
- The Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League: A Biographical Dictionary – W. C. Madden. Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2005. Format: Softcover, 295 pp. Language: English. ISBN 978-0-7864-2263-0
- Ancestry.com – Audrey Seitzinger report