Helen Callaghan

Inspiration for the movie, A League of Their Own

Born: 13 March 1929 in Vancouver, British Columbia
Died: 8 December 1992

Helen Callaghan Candaele St. Aubin was a left-handed outfielder for the Fort Wayne Daisies, one of the teams in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. She was batting champion in 1945, hitting .299, and was often called the "Ted Williams" of women's baseball.

After years of hearing his mother's stories, Kelly Candaele decided to make a documentary about her, her sister Marge, and the time they spent playing professional baseball. Penny Marshall saw the film on PBS and turned it into the movie, A League of Their Own.

Helen died of breast cancer at age sixty-three. In June of 1998, all sixty-four Canadian women who played in the league were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.

Additional trivia:

Over 10% of the players in the All-American league were Canadian.

More information on:

All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
Canadian members of the AAGPBL
Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

Suggested viewing:

A League of Their Own
A League of Their Own - The Documentary

Sources include:

Kearney, Mark, and Randy Ray. The Great Canadian Trivia Book. Toronto: Hounslow Press, 1996.


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Added 14 April 2002.