Thursday, February 06, 2014

Dr. Delores Brumfield White Collection Program Saturday, February 8

Photo credit: Mike Price

College Night 2014 brings a special exhibit and event to the campus library. In conjunction with this year's homecoming festivities, Carmichael Library introduces the Dr. Delores Brumfield White Collection at the university's Milner Archives and Special Collections.

This year marks White's 60th Montevallo homecoming and it affords the library a chance to celebrate a unique era in sports and women's history. Delores "Dolly" Brumfield White was a member of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) from 1947-1953. The league was formed in 1943, when the nation's war efforts were claiming some of Major League Baseball's best players. Chicago Cubs president Philip Wrigley and other business leaders envisioned a league that would entertain fans as well as keep stadiums open.

Dolly was only 14 years old when she reported for Spring Training in Havana, Cuba in 1947. She was subsequently drafted by the South Bend (IN) Blue Sox. She was part of two pennant winning teams with the Fort Wayne (IN) Daisies. Dolly played for three teams over her seven seasons of professional baseball and posted a .332 batting average in 1953.

After graduating Alabama College (University of Montevallo) in 1954, Dr. White spent 40 years in the teaching and coaching profession including 30 years at Henderson State University where she was a professor and coach.

An exhibit featuring memorabilia from Dolly's career is now on display on the library's main floor. The library will host a program and reception in her honor this Saturday, February 8 starting at 10:00 a.m. This event is free and open to the public.

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