Dorothy Fox, a devoted Red Wings fan for more than eight decades and a long-time member of the Rochester Community Board of Directors, died Thursday after a long illness. She was 89.
Fox, a Kodak retiree, was a sports enthusiast and a fan of many sports, but baseball was the one she loved.
“You could say I’m married to the game,” she once said. “I never got married to a man, so I guess the game is my spouse.”
She was a Knot Hole Gang member in the 1930s and seldom missed a game, always keeping score and recording notes on visiting players. She became a scout for the Baltimore Orioles, California Angels and Milwaukee Brewers and was respected for her reports on International League players. She kept a file with on more than 8,200 players.
“It started out as a hobby,” said the life-long Irondequoit resident, “but it became life-consuming.”
Fox had been a member of the RCB board of directors since 1984. She won the Jean Giambrone Award for commitment to local women’s sports and was elected to the Fronter Field Walk of Fame.
Her most memorable Red Wings game was in the 1939 playoffs, when Estel Crabtree’s two-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning sparked Rochester to a Governors’ Cup championship over the loaded Newark Bears. Her top-rated Red Wings team was the 1971 powerhouse managed by Joe Altobelli that featured Bobby Grich and Don Baylor.