Audrey Haine Daniels

Audrey Haine Daniels

May 09, 1927 ‐ September 11, 2021
Audrey Haine Daniels
Birthplace: Manitoba, Canada Resided In: North Ridgeville, Ohio

On September 11, 2021, Audrey Haine Daniels was welcomed into her heavenly home by a sweet embrace and the cheers of multitudes.  Audrey is survived by her husband, Austin “Bud” Daniels, and children:  Craig Daniels (Kathy), Cheryl Sebjenics, Kathy Appold (Jonn), Scott Daniels, and Doug Daniels (Elisha) and grandchildren:  Philip, Joey, Patrick, Kathryn, Ian, Michael, Evan and Audra.  She is preceded in death by daughter, Marilyn Monteiro, daughter-in-law Janet Daniels, and granddaughter, Chelsea Daniels.

Audrey was born on May 9, 1927, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, the youngest of seven children.  She adored her mother, Katherine, who instilled in her a spirit of adventure and the confidence to conquer life’s opportunities and challenges.  Audrey’s love of competition first revealed itself at age 15 when she demonstrated her legendary yo-yo skills at a local competition, later sharing these tricks with her children and teaching them “walk the dog,” “around the world” and “rock the baby.”  In school Audrey played softball and volleyball.   She was awarded a custom-made leather jacket for winning a volleyball championship in 1943.   This jacket is still worn today by the girls in the family.    Along with volleyball, Audrey honed her baseball skills playing with the boys in the streets of Winnipeg, where she met her future husband, Bud.  They spent countless hours playing catch.  At the age of 16, Audrey was scouted and recruited by the All American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL).  The League provided entertainment, competition and kept the baseball stadiums active as the men went off to war during World War II.  Just a few days after her 17th birthday, she was off to Chicago for spring training -- quite an adventure for someone who had never been more than 100 miles from home.  Over the course of the years 1943 through 1951, she pitched for the Fort Wayne Daisies, Grand Rapid Chicks, Minneapolis Millerettes, Peoria Redwings, and Rockford Peaches. Her favorite pitch?  The fast ball!!  She was a tower of power on the mound for all the teams she played for.  Audrey, known as “Dimples” to her teammates, pitched three no-hitters.    The history of the AAGPBL was memorialized in the movie, “A League of Their Own,” and Audrey was one of 40 original players to appear in the movie.  In 1988, the AAGPBL was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.  Audrey was personally honored and inducted in 1998 into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame.    She loved the League and cherished the lifelong friendships she made with her teammates.  Audrey loved telling her story.  She became passionate about the mission of the League to share her experience and what these ladies did for women in sports.  She frequently accepted invitations to speak at schools, organizations and private events and happily responded to the thousands of requests for her autograph.

More than baseball, Audrey cherished her role as wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.   On November 12, 1948, Audrey married her childhood sweetheart, Bud, at Salem’s Reform Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  As a mother, Audrey took pride in helping her children in whatever way she could:  sewing school clothes, wedding gowns, painting and wall papering their homes, gardening, and cooking.  Baking, however, was her forte and her family was the happy and joyous recipient of a wide variety of pastries, cookies, cakes, and delicacies!  Audrey and Bud moved multiple times and enjoyed the adventure of living in many states and even lived in England for a time.  Ultimately, they settled in Cleveland, Ohio, where they remained for over 50 years.  Audrey and Bud enjoyed many decades of summers filled with visiting family, trips to Canada, playing golf and rooting for their beloved Cleveland Indians. 

Audrey had a special and very close relationship with her older sister, Dorothy.  A spirit of adventure surrounded these two.  From standing as lookouts for their older brother’s moonshine enterprise, cruising across Canada in Dorothy’s little yellow Datsun, and, in quieter times, shelling the beaches of Florida, they were always there for each other in love, support, and friendship.

Later in life, Audrey pursued golf and bowling, naturally excelling at both by becoming Club Champion in golf and League Champion in bowling several times over.  She was a natural athlete!

Audrey was an avid reader, writer and storyteller.  She even created her own original "Frankie & Lewis" stories which she told to her grandchildren, deftly weaving them into the storyline – even writing individual stories for them where they were the main character!  Her cursive handwriting was beautiful.  Whatever she decided to do, she did with purpose, commitment and to the best of her ability.  Her creativity, wit and sense of humor were not only evident in her storytelling but in how she approached everyday living.   Even to the end, she exuded a sense of humor and joy and would often break out in song to everyone’s delight.

Bud created a special moment that he shared with Audrey every day.  While in the care facility, each afternoon he would bring her a caramel frappe topped with whipped cream.  He would hold the cup as she sipped through the straw.  She always exclaimed that it was the best thing she had ever tasted - it was heaven!  After each sip, she would say, "more!"  This small ritual brought immense joy to both Audrey and Bud.

Mom was a true angel that lived on this earth for 94 years, 4 months and 2 days, and we are forever grateful to the Lord to have blessed our family with such a caring, wonderful mother -- a beautiful person in every way, a true saint.  We look forward to sharing our Savior’s promise of eternal life in heaven with you, Mom.  Oh the homecoming of a saint -- how beautiful!

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date at Olmsted Community Church, Olmsted Falls, Ohio.

Donations may be made to the AAGPBL Players Association by going to AAGPBL.org or mailing to AAGPBL Players Association, Treasurer, 17365 Westbrook Dr., Livonia, MI 48153 or to the Alzheimer's Association, https://act.alz.org/donate.


Guest Comments

Joy Hyzny
Chicago, IL

My condolences to Audrey's family. Thank you to Audrey as she is the reason I still play ball. The number of people she has positively changed are countless. God Bless Audrey!

Joy Hyzny
Chicago, IL

My condolences to Audrey's family. Thank you to Audrey as she is the reason I still play ball. The number of people she has positively changed are countless. God Bless Audrey!

Joy Hyzny
Chicago, IL

My condolences to Audrey's family. Thank you to Audrey as she is the reason I still play ball. The number of people she has positively changed are countless. God Bless Audrey!

Susan & Fred Bendell
Stirling, Ontario, Canada

It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of my beloved Aunt Audrey. My thoughts and prayers are with Uncle Bud, Craig, Cheryl, Kathryn, Scott, Douglas and families. I wish you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Our families are very close and as a child I loved to visit the Daniels. My earliest memories include shopping in Filene's Basement and celebrating Christmas and summer holidays together. As an adult our visits included shopping at Grove City, sharing recipes, enjoying Cheryl's variety shows, fashion shows in the living room, redecorating the bedroom and setting up the baseball room. I feel fortunate to have attended several AAGPBL reunions specifically the 2019 reunion with my family.
Auntie Audrey was a warm, compassionate woman with a dry wit and wonderful sense of humour. She loved to tell a story and was quite adept at doing so. We loved to listen. Along with the other A.A.G.P.B. players she paved the way for women's sport. She was our celebrity.

I feel blessed to have had Auntie Audrey in my life. She will be dearly missed by our family but remains in our hearts and memories always.
Sending all our love,
Susan & Fred

Russ & Holly Thomas
NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio

Psalm 116: 15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.

We had the extreme pleasure of making the acquaintance of Audrey and family when she and Bud became our North Ridgeville neighbors.

Please accept our heartfelt condolences for your loss and may the Lord comfort you in your time of sorrow. God bless you all.

Bonita G. Hunter-Eastwood
Winnipeg Canada

I am so sorry about the loss of Aunty Audrey. I remember the days when Uncle Bud and Aunty Audrey would come to visit the Daniels clan in Winnipeg with all the kids . The Hunter family(Mae, my Mom- Aunty Dolores' sister, my Dad, Stan, Brother, Ricky and me) were living on Burrin Avenue in West Kildonan, Winnipeg.

Oh what fun times together at Winnipeg Beach and Netley Creek for picnics, fishing and swimming and back to Uncle Jack and Aunty Dorie's for a late supper.
Aunty "Aud" always had a supportive word and encouraging story to tell us kids. Such great memories of more simpler times, it seems just like yesterday.

Aunty Audrey was just so intuitive and kind-hearted. At Uncle Jack's funeral she invited me up to Ohio, though I never got the opportunity. What a courageous and inspirational woman who surely is with the Angels now.

My deepest condolences to Uncle Bud and all the "kids" Take Good Care Bonita Hunter ( Aunty Dolores's niece).

Bonita G. Hunter-Eastwood
Winnipeg Canada

I am so sorry about the loss of Aunty Audrey. I remember the days when Uncle Bud and Aunty Audrey would come to visit the Daniels clan in Winnipeg with all the kids . The Hunter family(Mae, my Mom- Aunty Dolores' sister, my Dad, Stan, Brother, Ricky and me) were living on Burrin Avenue in West Kildonan, Winnipeg.

Oh what fun times together at Winnipeg Beach and Netley Creek for picnics, fishing and swimming and back to Uncle Jack and Aunty Dorie's for a late supper.
Aunty "Aud" always had a supportive word and encouraging story to tell us kids. Such great memories of more simpler times, it seems just like yesterday.

Aunty Audrey was just so intuitive and kind-hearted. At Uncle Jack's funeral she invited me up to Ohio, though I never got the opportunity. What a courageous and inspirational woman who surely is with the Angels now.

My deepest condolences to Uncle Bud and all the "kids" Take Good Care Bonita Hunter ( Aunty Dolores's niece).

Bonita G. Hunter-Eastwood
Winnipeg

I am so sorry about the loss of Aunty Audrey. I remember the days when Uncle Bud and Aunty Audrey would come to visit the Daniels clan in Winnipeg with all the kids . The Hunter family(Mae, my Mom- Aunty Dolores' sister, my Dad, Stan, Brother, Ricky and me) were living on Burrin Avenue in West Kildonan, Winnipeg.

Oh what fun times together at Winnipeg Beach and Netley Creek for picnics, fishing and swimming and back to Uncle Jack and Aunty Dorie's for a late supper.
Aunty "Aud" always had a supportive word and encouraging story to tell us kids. Such great memories of more simpler times, it seems just like yesterday.

Aunty Audrey was just so intuitive and kind-hearted. At Uncle Jack's funeral she invited me up to Ohio, though I never got the opportunity. What a courageous and inspirational woman who surely is with the Angels now.

My deepest condolences to Uncle Bud and all the "kids" Take Good Care Bonita Hunter ( Aunty Dolores's niece).

Bonita G. Hunter-Eastwood
Winnipeg

I am so sorry about the loss of Aunty Audrey. I remember the days when Uncle Bud and Aunty Audrey would come to visit the Daniels clan in Winnipeg with all the kids . The Hunter family(Mae, my Mom- Aunty Dolores' sister, my Dad, Stan, Brother, Ricky and me) were living on Burrin Avenue in West Kildonan, Winnipeg.

Oh what fun times together at Winnipeg Beach and Netley Creek for picnics, fishing and swimming and back to Uncle Jack and Aunty Dorie's for a late supper.
Aunty "Aud" always had a supportive word and encouraging story to tell us kids. Such great memories of more simpler times, it seems just like yesterday.

Aunty Audrey was just so intuitive and kind-hearted. At Uncle Jack's funeral she invited me up to Ohio, though I never got the opportunity. What a courageous and inspirational woman who surely is with the Angels now.

My deepest condolences to Uncle Bud and all the "kids" Take Good Care Bonita Hunter ( Aunty Dolores's niece).

Bonita G. Hunter-Eastwood
Winnipeg

I am so sorry about the loss of Aunty Audrey. I remember the days when Uncle Bud and Aunty Audrey would come to visit the Daniels clan in Winnipeg with all the kids . The Hunter family(Mae, my Mom- Aunty Dolores' sister, my Dad, Stan, Brother, Ricky and me) were living on Burrin Avenue in West Kildonan, Winnipeg.

Oh what fun times together at Winnipeg Beach and Netley Creek for picnics, fishing and swimming and back to Uncle Jack and Aunty Dorie's for a late supper.
Aunty "Aud" always had a supportive word and encouraging story to tell us kids. Such great memories of more simpler times, it seems just like yesterday.

Aunty Audrey was just so intuitive and kind-hearted. At Uncle Jack's funeral she invited me up to Ohio, though I never got the opportunity. What a courageous and inspirational woman who surely is with the Angels now.

My deepest condolences to Uncle Bud and all the "kids" Take Good Care Bonita Hunter ( Aunty Dolores's niece).

Donna,Darren and Ryan Becker
Winnipeg,Manitoba,Canada

Auntie Audrey was always a very special person in my family.We were and are still so very proud of her.She was one of the kindest people you could meet and anyone who knew her was lucky.We always had a great time when auntie Audrey and Uncle Bud came to visit.I carry her baseball card in my wallet so she's always close to me.My heart goes out to her family.I know Uncle Bud will have a big hole to fill.This was a couple made in heaven.So glad he has a wonderful family to help him through this.
God bless you Aunty Audrey.With much love from all of my family...Donna,Darren and Ryan.

Janet Larkin Toner
South Yarmouth Ma

Words cannot express how sorry I was to learn of the death of your beloved mother. Many of my youngest memories include those of being with The Daniels.
She was a special person an left an indelible mark on my heart.
May her memory be a blessing.
Love, Janny and all The Larkins
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Janet Larkin Toner
South Yarmouth Ma

Words cannot express how sorry I was to learn of the death of your beloved mother. Many of my youngest memories include those of being with The Daniels.
She was a special person an left an indelible mark on my heart.
May her memory be a blessing.
Love, Janny and all The Larkins
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Patricia Larkin Wong
North Attleboro, MA

Dear Bud and Family,
I have very fond memories of being at your house on Manchester Rd in Norwood, MA in New Jersey on our way to the World’s Fair, and in Ohio.
I even remember being put on a bus at age 10 with my sister, Janny, to stay with your family in New Jersey.
I remember Audrey’s big laugh and her kind heart.
She was a wonderful woman and a wonderful friend to our family. We still talk about when the Daniels lived the across the street from us. I truly believe Bud and Audrey were my parents only true friends in Norwood. It was a huge loss to us when they moved away. The kids got along so well as did the parents! This is when life stinks because we have to learn to live without them, and this is not easy when they were such incredible people!!
Love to all,
Patty Larkin Wong

Janet Coryell and James Smither
Jenison, MI

We knew Audrey through her interview for the Veterans History Project. Her lively sense of humor, especially when she talked about her experiences with the "Charm School" as a baseball player still makes us laugh.
Rest in peace, Audrey. You were truly one of the best.

Kathy Appold
Perrysburg, Oh

Audrey had “worker” hands. At least that’s how she would always describe them. Strong, crooked with arthritis, red, rough and chapped from all the work she did. I remember how smooth fabric would get caught on her fingertips, and then how she would marvel at the times they were soft. This happened infrequently, usually as she recovered from some surgery. She would always point them out to me and say “look how smooth my hands are”. I would always feel them and be happy for her. I’ll miss your hands Mom. Wow, how they worked for others. You’re doing God’s work now, and I know your hands are beautiful in every sense of the word because His yoke is easy and His burden is light. I’ll look forward, one day, to being held again in their strong grip. I should be so blessed to have your earthly hands.
I love you and miss you!
Kathryn.

Ken and Carla Venables
Wasaga Beach Ontario Canada

Carla and I were saddened on learning of “Aunt Audrey’s” passing.
She, and her family, have always been a part of our family. She is part of some of my earlies memories.

As a kid, playing baseball on the street, we were wowed when she would come out and throw a few pitches. Her telling the stores of her baseball career were captivating.

As a child, or an adult, I always loved the times going to visit Aunt Audrey. Kind, generous, with a great sense of humour, you always knew that it’d be a great visit.

Our sincerest condolences to Uncle Bud, Cheryl, Cathy, Craig, Scott, Douglas and families.

She was an Aunt like no other.

Love
Ken and Carla

Carissa & Tawfik Sadik
Cleveland, Ohio

Our deepest sympathy to your family. May you all find comfort in each other and the many, many great memories you have all shared. We did not Know Audrey, but are friends with Joe and heard great stories about his beloved grandmother. I enjoyed A League of their Own and will have the great pleasure of thinking about her anytime I watch the movie. She was a beautiful lady and will be missed by so many, including the ones who never even met her. Many blessings to you all.

Kevin Glew
London, Ontario Canada

My deepest condolences to the Daniels family on the passing of Audrey, who was a wonderful, groundbreaking and inspirational woman and baseball player. I'm a Canadian baseball history writer and I will make sure to continue to share her story with others. This obituary is a beautiful testament to how remarkable she was and how much she was loved. She was clearly blessed with a wonderful and loving family, Sending you all my love and strength from Canada. Sincerely, Kevin Glew

Cami J KIDDER
Los Angeles, CA

I adored Audrey! I first met her in 2010 at an AAGPBL Players Association reunion. She was so fun, kind and welcoming. Those reunions were always the best time I had all year and pretty much all of my closest friends, I met there. What am amazing gift Audrey was to this World. Everything is a little dimmer now. She lived every bit of her life and I'm thrilled to have known her - even a little bit.

Katie, JF, Ollie, and Noah
Ottawa, Canada

To our beautiful family, south of the line:

We are sending our strongest love and deepest condolences to you all, as we grieve with you. We hold Aunty Audrey firmly in our hearts and will forever honour and adore the beautiful soul that she is.

She was a light in our world and it was a gift to have her as a matriarch in our family. The love between her and Dorothy, our dearest Granny, was a force unto its own. I count my lucky stars that I got to know them both over many years of my life, to witness the sisterhood between them, and to have them as examples of strong and resilient women in this world. My children will grow up with the stories that they told me, sitting at their feet. Aunty Audrey, we love you and we hold you close, always.

Ryan & Alexandra Venables
St. Thomas, Ontario

We will miss you Aunt Audrey. All of our love to Incle Bud and our cousins. We are very sorry for your loss. We look forward to being able to celebrate your life all together when the borders have better access.

I’ll never forget the fun times in Cleveland as a child. Particularly Indians games, and to this day still the best seats I’ve ever had the pleasure of occupying.

I’m sure you found your way easily…. We will miss you.

Love,
Ryan & Alex

Len Corben
North Vancouver, B.C.

I did not know Audrey and never met her. Nevertheless - having learned of Audrey's passing via Kevin Glew's "Cooperstowners in Canada" column and then reading this obituary - I felt compelled to comment.
As a huge baseball fan, as a Canadian and as a born-again Christian, I have to say that this obituary was beautifully written, with so much detail and love woven throughout. Thank you for sharing Audrey's long life with us.

Douglas Daniels
Boston MA

You were Carried away from your earthbound family to your new home in heaven on the wings of angels. You earned that trip by the way you lived and your belief in Jesus Christ. I Feel your presence with me always.

Love you so much Mom

Douglas

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
St. Marys, Ontario

Dear Austin, Craig, Cheryl, Kathy, Scott and Doug.

So sorry to hear about your loss. Audrey was a great wife and mother to you all.
Stay strong in these tough times and lean on eachother for support.
Take care.
Scott Crawford.

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