Jean Cione

Jean Cione went down in history as one of the top pitchers in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, pitching for four different clubs including the famous Rockford Peaches.

In her rookie season of 1947, Cione won 19 ballgames for the Peaches while posting a stingy 1.30 ERA in 37 games. Three years later with the Kenosha Comets, the southpaw picked up 18 wins while throwing two no-hitters.

In an eight-year career, Cy Cione, wound up with a record of 76-65 to go with a 2.33 ERA in an even 1,200 innings. In 1952, Cione appeared in the All-Star Game and also helped the Comets to the league championship.

In the offseasons, Cione attended college and received a bachelor.s degree from Eastern Michigan Unviersity before earning her master.s degree at the University of Illinois. From there, Cione taught physical education in the public schools for 10 years and taught sports medicine and physical education at the university level for 29 years.

As recently as 2003, Cione served as the vice president of the AAGPBL Players. Association and supervised the organization.s Web site. Jean .Cy. Cione has earned her rightful place in the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.