Name: Marie-Beatrice ARBOUR
Name: Beatrice M. ARBOUR
Birth: 2 DEC 1920 in Bonaventure, Bonaventure County, Quebec, Canada
Residence: Somerset, Bristol Co, MA 1930 - 1948 (2974 Riverside Ave), Oct 1970, Jun 1984, Jan 2010. and May 2011
Occupation: New Worker (1940); Baseball Player - Short Stop - Racine Belles (1947); Operative (1948)
Immigration: from Canada to USA 1923
Baptism: 3 DEC 1920 Bonaventure, Bonaventure County, Quebec, Canada
Death: AFT SEP 2015
According to the 1940 Census, Beatrice had graduated from high school.
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Perhaps this is our Beatrice:
Directories: Bridgeport, Fairfield, Southport, Stratford, CT (1944)
M Beatrice emp 993 Main St r 82 Court Street #207 Bridgeport Yellow Mill Village
During WWII, Beatrice played short stop with the Racine Belles. Here are some Racine Belle facts, extracted from wikipedia on 05 May 2011:
The Racine Belles were one of the original teams of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League playing from 1943 through 1950 out of Racine, Wisconsin. The team played its home games at Horlick Field. In 1943, the Belles claimed the first Championship Title in the league's history. This team was characterized by strong pitching, solid defense, timely hitting, and speed on the bases. Facts: The Belles wore yellow dress uniforms with knee-high brown woolen socks and brown caps. The Belle Panda was the team's unofficial mascot. In 1945 the team won the attendance trophy for having the largest audience on opening night, 23 May, with 4,019 fans.
Herald News (Fall River, MA) -- 12 Jul 1992 -- by William Corey
IT REALLY WAS A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN -- GIRLS OF SUMMER -- GOING TO BAT FOR HISTORY
Bea Arbour Parrott grew up playing catch with the boy next door. The Somerset native said there weren't many girls in her neighborhood in the 1930s, so she spent much of her time throwing a baseball around like most of the boys. Her interest in the game led her to play softball for the local St Patrick's girls team, and in 1946, landed her in Racine, Wisconsin, playing professional baseball for the Racine Belles. "We were just playing baseball. We didn't realize that we were making history," Parrott said. She and longtime friend Lillian (DeCambra) Kelley, also of Somerset, were one of a select group of women who can say they played professional baseball. Kelley and Parrott each spent a summer playing for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, the brainchild of former Chicago Cubs owner Philip Wrigley. The league, which competed from 1943 to 1954, kept baseball as a national pastime during WWII, when the men were away and Major League Baseball came to a halt. Wrigley began a league of four teams in the Midwestern states of Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The league grew to 10 teams, and in 1948, 1 million fans turned out to watch the ladies take their swings. Kelley's late sister Alice was the one who recruited Bea and Lilly to play. Alice had a long career in the league with the Fort Wayne Daisies -- the team Lilly also played for. Players earned anywhere from $55 a week to $150 -- the average wage at the time was $20. Parrott, a shortstop who played with the Belles in 1946, recalled life on the road. There would be a game almost every night and the girls stayed with a family who charged $5 a week rent. The small town stadiums would draw impressive crowds, sometimes as many as 10,000 people. The AAGBPL is once again gaining recognition with the release of Penny Marshall's film "A League of Their Own," with Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, and Madonna. Parrott and Kelley both saw and enjoyed the film, but did point out that none of the managers would be as harsh as the one portrayed by Hanks. Most managers at the time were former big leaguers and acted like "father figures," the women said. Though discipline was a must, yeling at players was hardly heard, they said. Almost as important as the game itself was acting "ladylike." The players were made to wear dresses for uniforms and could only wear skirts when out on the town. Some players were sent to charm school. Those who dared to wear pants were sent home, Parrott said. "Those were the rules," Parrott said. "If you didn't like it, you could go home and work for a living." The feminine touch was a carefully orchestrated part of the game -- one that Wrigley believed made the game popular. But despite wearing dresses, which made leg abrasions a common occurrence when the women had to slide into a base, the players were hardly the typical 1940s woman. "In those days, women were supposed to learn how to sew, knit, and embroider, but these things weren't much fun. I'd rather be chasing fly balls," Parrott said. Both Kelley and Parrott returned home after their year of baseball to marry and raise a family. The league was nearly forgotten until 1988, when the names of all the women who played professional baseball for the AAGBPL were engraved on a plaque that hangs in the Baseball Hall fo Fame in Cooperstown, NY. As far as the baseball players of today, Parrott and Kelley aren't too impressed -- especially with the Boston Red Sox. "They get paid millions and they can't even bunt to get a guy to second," Parrott noted.
At some point after WWII, Beatrice took a trip to the Panama Canal Zone. On 24 Oct 1947, she returned from Balboa, CZ, aboard Pan American Airways (PanAm) Flight 306-24, landing at Miami, FL. She reported her address as 2974 Riverside Ave, Fall River, MA. She carried 2 bags which weighed 24 pounds total, aboard aircraft N88897. She was listed as a Canadian National with document number 5835367. Perhaps Beatrice had been playing ball in Panama in order to extend her career.
In Dec 2012, Bea's granddaughter Jenny Parrott wanted to honor her by publishing a book about her life called "Famed Girl Athlete Now a Milkman: the Biography of Beatrice Arbour Parrott."
Comment from facebook page in Jan 2013: "It's better than I thought you could do." Grandma on her biography. Phew- I think that means she likes it!
Father: Jean-Clovis ARBOUR b: 5 SEP 1880 in Bonaventure, Bonaventure County, Quebec, Canada
Mother: Marie-"Zelia"-Elizabeth ROY b: 24 SEP 1878 in Bonaventure, Bonaventure, Quebec, Canada
Donald Michael PARROTT b: 29 DEC 1926 in Massachusetts, USA
30 JAN 1952
in Somerset, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
- Susan Beatrice PARROTT b: MAR 1954 in Fall River, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
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