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Memorable Manitobans: Olive Bend Little (1918-1997)

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Born at Poplar Point, daughter of J. P. Bend and Annie Ada Wilson, she was educated at a teacher’s college. She pitched for the CUAC Blues and the Moose Jaw Royals women’s baseball teams in seasons in which both teams won provincial championships. She turned professional in 1940, and played for the Rockford (Illinois) Peaches during the war years when women’s baseball was so popular. She was a league all-star and pitched a number of no-hit games. She also pitched softball, and was elected to the Canadian Softball Hall of Fame in 1983 and the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.

Sources:

“Olive’s success traced to father,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 February 1984, page 46.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 April 2016

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