Luella Kye

Luella Kye
Luella Kye

Year Inducted
When Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame inductee Luella Kye was playing semi-pro softball in the early 1950s for Koch's Annies girls softball team - a fast-pitch traveling squad that played in Erie, Buffalo, Toronto and Cleveland - she left a lasting impression even when she made an out.

As legend has it, Kye, then in her early 20s, was stationed at first base. As she slid into second base on an attempted steal, she reached out and caught the ball thrown by the catcher, came up out of her slide, dropped the ball on second base and stole third.

She didn't stay there for long - the umpire, of course, called her out - but that memory has served as a metaphor for the athletic career of the late Stockton native.

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