Doris R Hickson Grosch

Doris R Hickson Grosch, Medford Sports Hall of FameDoris Hickson, the little thirteen-year-old from Eagle Point, Oregon hurled the Camp White Orphans to many victories in the mid-forties. Not only did the little lefthander pitch many excellent games, but also did her share at the bat. After Joining the Medford Craters Babes in 1947, she served as a “rover” and did equally well as a center fielder, first baseman or wherever needed. In 1953 and 1954, she played in Klamath Falls league, un-sponsored, traveling the Greenspring’s three night a week at her own expense. In 1955, she was named the outstanding girl athlete while pitching for the Q-T’s, a Jackson league.

While Dairy Made, the team in the men’s Jackson County Softball Association League, played games at the VA Stadium and Fagone Field. When the Maids stated beating the men’s teams, they exchanged pitcher and catcher the next season. The Maids put on exhibition games at Fagone Field with National Champions, Erv Lind Florists, Orange County Lionetts and Stratford. Connecticut’s’ Brakettes. The fame always went extra innings with crows you would believe in attendance.

Doris was selected 10 times All State; in her first state championship, the game went 16 innings with the Salem Shamrock’s and she got a triple to score the winning run. As a first baseman she made All-State five out of the six times she went to state. She went to three regionals and was an All-star two times.

In 1968-1974 Doris coached a little league in Eagle Point before little league was formed here in the valley. 1979-80 she coached a man-ages the Eagle Thrift Men’s Slow Pitch Team, playing in the Medford summer league, played two years and took City League Championship one year. 1981 -1983 coached manager of the women’s Slow Pitch team in Medford City League taking the city league championship for the 1st year. The same team – two years in a row for KOBI – took city league championship one year and second year Doris was named, at the state tournament, outstanding coach for the State.