OBITUARY

Emily Marie "Red" Mahoney

September 21, 1924January 23, 2016

Emily Marie “Red” Mahoney was born to Richard J. Mahoney and Emily Summers on September 21, 1924. She lived her first 90 years here on earth at the same address in the Rice Military area of Houston, before moving to Assisted Living in August of 2015. Marie was preceded in death by her parents, Richard J. Mahoney and Emily Summers Mahoney; brother, RJ Mahoney; sister, Nora Mahoney-Dietz, and niece, Linda Dietz-Davlin. She is survived by nine nieces and nephews (Patrick Mahoney, Richard Mahoney, Mike Mahoney, Molly Mahoney-Crippen, Peggy Dietz-Jackson, Gordon Dietz, Jr., Mary Kate Askew, Anne Donner, and Rosie Epperson); many great nieces and nephews; many great great nieces and nephews; and at least a million friends that will never forget her. Mahoney began playing softball at age nine. She also competed in basketball, tennis, and volleyball before joining a women's softball team when she turned 16. After graduating from San Jacinto High School, she continued her excellence on the diamond as a perennial ASA all-star who led her teams to several state championships. She was primarily a pitcher, and after a brief stint at third base, found her permanent home in the outfield. She played for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) from 1947 through 1948, and was the only Houstonian to play in the AAGPBL during its twelve years of existence. Thanks to a recommendation by fellow AAGPBL catcher, Mary Baker, Mahoney became one of two hundred players to attend the first AAGPBL spring training outside the United States, which was held in Cuba at Gran Stadium de La Habana before the 1947 season. She made the grade and was assigned to the South Bend Blue Sox. She played two years, and returned to Houston after the 1948 season. Mahoney played softball after returning to Houston. She also worked as a microfilm technician for Eastman Kodak for 32 years, retiring in 1983. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993, but recovered after treatment and returned to her daily life without any difficulty. She is part of Women in Baseball, a permanent display at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, which was unveiled in 1988 to honor the entire All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. In addition, Casey Candaele, former Houston Astros infielder and son of AAGPBL star Helen Callaghan, introduced her for induction into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006. An accomplished bowler for 30 years, Marie Mahoney was also a great golfer, and worked at the Texaco Golf Course until late in her 80’s to support her golf habit. She also enjoyed attending SABR meetings until very recently. A Celebration of Life will be held at Heights Funeral Home (1317 Heights Blvd.) on Saturday, February 6th at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her memory to the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), St. Theresa (Memorial Park) Catholic Church, or another charity of your choice. Marie Mahoney embodied the “all for one, and one for all” spirit of the AAGPBL, and those that knew her were proud to call her a friend.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, February 6, 2016
  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, February 6, 2016
REMEMBERING

Emily Marie "Red" Mahoney

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ED Wehnau

April 9, 2016

Will miss 'Red' in sect 311 vs KC this week! RIP Marie

Annette Jackson

April 9, 2016

In honor of baseball season "I know you are in the good seats Aunt Rie! RIP

Joyce Perkins

April 7, 2016

I'm so blessed to have been among Marie's golfing buddies! It was a thrill to find her name on display in Cooperstown last summer during my travels. She is making aces on those special courses in heaven! Cherish the memories!!!

Jim Pendleton

February 7, 2016

A great athlete and lady

Marsha Franty

February 6, 2016

What a privilege it was for me to get to know and love Red! Her amazing spirit will remain with me always as I recall so many happy times spent at baseball games, at SABR meetings, and enjoying a gelato! You will live on, Red, in the many hearts you touched and now in the Marie "Red" Mahoney Award presented to the outstanding softball coach in the Greater Houston region each year.

Annette Jackson

February 3, 2016

A truly amazing woman and a special heroine of mine, she may have passed away but her memory and zest for life lives on in my heart.

Jim Farrell

January 26, 2016

Marie, Such a delight to know and to be friends with at the Texaco Country Club for many years. Seeing her driving up into that parking lot in her new PT Cruiser with the dealer tags still on, then getting out with a step and a little skip will be a memory that I will not forget. Her smile and greeting to all of the members and customers was always appreciated and uplifting to all.

Edwin Wehnau

January 25, 2016

I'm So Honored & Privileged to have met "Red" who sat in My sect 311 at Astro's games. She Enjoyed "her baseball" & the Astros.! She was a delight to know & serve. Red & Betty Jean Peterson Fox, BOTH played AAGPBL & Both Ladies Became Truly Special Friends ! They're Hall of Famers to me! Her Bright Smile will be Missed, But She'll Always warm my heart !

Wayne & Debbie Learnard

January 25, 2016

Such a pleasure to have met "Red" at many of the AAGPBL Reunions over the years. She was a sweet lady!

Joan Brayer

January 25, 2016

My thoughts and prayers to "Reds" family! Thanks for sharing her with those who love baseball!