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Gertrude Dunn (West Chester U, ’61) to be first lacrosse player inducted into Philadephia Sports Hall of Fame

Monday, 5th November 2012

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 11/4/12
From Press Release

Gertrude Dunn (WCU ’61), who played in the women’s professional baseball league immortalized in the 1992 film “A League of Their Own,” and also is a member of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame, will be one of 16 inductees into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame at a banquet on Thursday at the Society Hill Sheraton.

Dunn will be honored posthumously. This marks the fifth hall of fame that the former three-sport athlete at West Chester University has been inducted into. She was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2007, the Chester County Sports Hall of Fame in 2010 as well as holding membership in both the WCU Athletics Hall of Fame and U.S. Field Hockey Hall of Fame.

Dunn and fellow inductee Debbie Black are the 10th and 11th female inductees honored by the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame since its inception in 2002. They are both members of the ninth class to enter the hall of fame.

In 1952, Dunn was voted Rookie of the Year after leading her team to the championship of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

After the league folded in 1954, she attended West Chester University, where she majored in physical education and played on the U.S. national field hockey and lacrosse teams, after playing both sports while in school.

Dunn died in a plane crash in Chester County in October 2004 at the age of 72.

Also known as the Philadelphia Hall of Fame, The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame Foundation was founded in May 2002. A Pennsylvania 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, their mission, in brief, is to develop a sports hall of fame for Philadelphia as a means to preserve and promote the rich history of Philadelphia sports.

The Society Hill Sheraton is located at 1 Dock Street, Phila, PA 19106. Doors Open at 5:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, click here.

Dunn joins the following list of inductees as Class IX into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame: Dan Baker, Doug Collins, Mike Piazza, Debbie Black, Eric Lindros, Joe Klecko, Wali Jones, Harold Johnson, Johnny Callison, Maxie Baughan, Horace Ashenfelter, Tommy Thompson, Johnny McDermott, Eddie Plank and the Legacy Youth Tennis Association.



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