Other Names: Jenniffer A. Romatowski; “Romey.”
Jenny Romatowski was a player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. This league was the topic of the 1992 film A League of Their Own.
Romatowski grew up playing a variety of sports, but had the strongest interest in softball. She joined the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League immediately after graduating from high school. She played on a number of teams in the AAGPBL, playing one year each with the South Bend Blue Sox, Rockford Peaches, Chicago Colleens, Racine Belles, Peoria Redwings, and an additional year with the South Bend Blue Sox before spending four years—the rest of her career—with the Kalamazoo Lassies.
Better known for her defensive skills, she played in a number of positions and was known for a strong arm with a quick release of her throw. She was a member of the All-Star Team in 1952 and 1953, and had her most productive season, winning the championship with the Kalamazoo Lassies, in 1954—the final season of the AAGPBL.
She later graduated from Eastern Michigan University and taught physical education in Van Dyke-Warren public schools until retirement in 1983, but continued to play field hockey—including on the U.S. national team, with whom she played at the World Field Hockey Tournament in 1959. She also served as vice president of the U.S. Field Hockey Association.
Romatowski is featured in a display on women in baseball at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and is a member of the National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame, the Eastern Michigan University Hall of Fame, the Wyandotte Sports Hall of Fame, and the Michigan Amateur Sports Hall of Fame.