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Ruth Born
2005-06 Hall of Fame
Baseball & Softball (1945-1947)
Ruth Born

"A top-notch pitcher, Ruth Born became one of the first professional athletes to have attended Valparaiso University.

Using a fastball and a change-up as her main pitches, she played baseball during World War II when many men were out of the country. Born was an original member of the South Bend Blue Sox in 1943, as the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was formed. Pitching for the Blue Sox, she compiled a 4-5 record in her lone season in the league.

In the summer of 1945, a Valparaiso University men's softball team was organized with Born as the pitcher. She also played softball with the Valparaiso Queens beginning in 1947 and helped lead the team to the Amateur Softball Association Championship playoffs each of their first seven years. One summer, Born had the opportunity to play on a men's fastpitch softball team, an opportunity that was unheard of during that time period.

2005-06 Hall of Fame
Ruth BornBaseball & Softball (1945-1947)
Patty CisnerosBasketball (1997-2000)
Sarrah (Stricklett) MosherBasketball (1996-2000)
Aaron RhameSoccer (1995-1998)
LeRoy SchrammCross Country & Track & Field (1962-1965)
Joe SeverFootball (1956-1959)
J.J. SwiatkowskiBaseball (1997-2000)
1968 Baseball TeamBaseball (1968)
M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler