Springfield resident Pauline Stauch threw out the first pitch on Friday, June 5, as the Champion City Kings hosted the Jamestown Jammers at Carleton Davidson Stadium.
Stauch spent 21 years playing amateur softball. She spent 18 years with the Pekin Lettes – America’s oldest continuous women’s major fast pitch team – and three years in her hometown of Springfield, Ohio. In 1972, Stauch was inducted into the Amateur Softball Association of America Hall of Fame – the highest honor attainable in the league. She played in 712 consecutive games, ranks second in at-bats (2,118), and fourth in runs scored (363) and base hits (557). In 21 years, she only missed one game.
Today, Stauch is living with Alzheimer’s disease. Her feisty spirit and enthusiasm for life gives the disease a run for its money. She is an active resident at the Legacy at Forest Glen Health Campus, where she has lived for the past 6 months.
We honored Stauch and all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease during a parade across the field before the Kings game began. Attendees wore purple, the official color of the Alzheimer’s movement, and the ballpark was adorned in purple.
June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, and during this month we honor Stauch and the 5 million Americans currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. Everyone with a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer’s disease – including you. But everyone can help to end this epidemic — especially you!
If you would like to join in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, take the purple pledge at alz.org/purplepledge. For more information on Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia, visit our website at alz.org or call our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.