Jean Cione

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Jean Shirley Cione

Biographical Information[edit]

Jean Cione played a decade in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1945 to 1954. Originally a utility player, she was converted to a pitcher in 1947 and went 19-14 for the Rockford Peaches that year. Her best year on the mound came in 1950 with the Kenosha Comets, when she went 18-10 and threw a pair of no-hitters. Her best season at the plate came in 1952 with the Battle Creek Belles, when she hit .275 with 17 doubles. Overall, she hit .224 over the course of 758 career games and was 75-65 with a 2.31 ERA in 169 appearances as a pitcher.

After her baseball days, Cione taught elementary school for a decade and then taught at Eastern Michigan University for more than 30 years becoming its first women’s athletic director.

Jean is a member of The Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago.

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