A Hockey Hero and the AAGPBL
Gottselig rejoined the Black Hawks for 1943’s training camp and played the full season for Chicago, which included a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals. Following a four-game sweep at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens, Gottselig returned for a second season in Racine. But the 1944 campaign was not as successful as the previous year and he did not come back in 1945.
Though his first Belles team was reportedly fond of Gottselig, later players did not share the same feelings.
Lillian Faralla told author Jim Sargent in an interview for his book, We Were the All-American Girls: Interviews with Players of the AAGPBL, 1943-1954, her experiences with Gottselig were less than ideal.
Matt Rothenberg is the manager of the Giamatti Research Center at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum