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Jean Marlow Scranton - Jean was the daughter of Stanley and Josephine Malanoski. At an early age, she learned to play sandlot ball with the backing of her father and uncle, who were professional ballplayers. She graduated from Scranton Central High School. Marlowe learned about the league through a local newspaper and went to Allentown for a tryout with around 200 other girls. She tried out as an infielder and outfielder, but the league's trainers liked her strong throwing arm and converted her into a pitcher Marlowe joined the AAGPBL in 1948 with the Springfield Sallies. The Sallies inaugural season was nothing to write about. The team posted the worst record of the circuit, going 41–84 in the Western Division, getting roughed up as a last-place expansion club, ending 35 games out of the first place Racine Belles. At age nineteen, Marlowe became a stalwart of the helpless Sallies. She went 7–22 in 31 pitching appearances and led the league

in losses, despite posting a 3.66 ERA She opened 1949 with the Kenosha Comets, playing regularly at outfield and pitching sporadically. She compiled a 7–7 pitching record and improved her ERA to 2.67 in 17 games. Her most productive season came in 1951, when she posted a 12–12 record in 28 games with career numbers in wins, ERA (2.62) and strikeouts (115), ending fourth for the most strikeouts, sixth in innings pitched (211) and tied for sixth in complete games (21). Marlowe joined the Kalamazoo Lassies in 1952. That season she batted a .291 average and three home runs, both career numbers, and matched her season-high with 12 wins, though she was credited with 15 losses. She also compiled a 3.24 ERA and was the best fielding pitcher without an error committed in 172 innings of work. She did not play in 1953 but returned to Kalamazoo in 1954, during what turned out to be the league's final season. She went 8–12 with a 4.78 ERA in 23 pitching appearances After the league folded, Marlowe continued to play softball and worked for B.F. Goodrich Company. She later took a job with the Schott Glass Technologies and worked there until her retirement in 1987. P






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