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Bethany Goldsmith

Inducted 2017

Elgin High School Class of 1944


Bethany Goldsmith, a 1944 graduate of Elgin High, is inducted for baseball. She played for three seasons in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (subject of the film A League of Their Own), one of only two Elginites to play in the league. Goldsmith pitched for the Kenosha Comets from 1948-1950. In 1948, she pitched in 31 games and 245 innings, had a record of 14 wins and 14 losses, and ERA of 1.62, and striking out 117 hitters. The following year, Bethany pitched in 29 games and 179 innings, with a record of 8 wins and 11 losses and an ERA of 3.16. In her final year (1950), she appeared in 27 games for 198 innings pitched, won 12 and lost 9, with an ERA of 3.68. Her career record in 87 games was 34 wins and 34 losses, with an ERA of 2.72. Goldsmith was also a member of an All-American girls team that toured Central America.