Cione, Jean (Interview transcript and video), 2009

Jean Cione was born in Rockford, Illinois in 1928. She grew up in the Rockford area and played softball with the neighborhood boys and then also played with the local industrial teams. When the Rockford Peaches made Rockford their headquarters, Cione tried out for the team and at age 15 joined the ranks of the Rockford Peaches in 1945 as a reserve rookie first baseman. In 1946, she was traded to the Peoria Red Wings and played first baseman for them but was then traded to the Kenosha Comets in 1947. She remained with the Kenosha Comets from 1947 to 1953 and played sometimes as a left-handed pitcher, first baseman, or outfield. Consequently, the Comets franchise disbanded in 1954 and she was traded back to the Rockford Peaches where she finished out when the All American Girls Baseball League was disbanded.
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Veterans History Project (U.S.)
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Oral history, Veterans History Project (U.S.), Video recordings, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League--Personal narratives, Baseball for women--United States, Baseball, Sports for women, World War, 1939-1945, Baseball players--Illinois, Baseball players--Wisconsin, Baseball players--Michigan, and Women
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