The Obit For Penny Cooke
Published in the
Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on 5/8/2010
COOKE, Penny (Marteniuk)
Penny was called out sliding home by the Umpire in the Sky on April 29,
She was born in Smoky Lake, Alberta in 1919. She started playing baseball
in Edmonton and married Earl Cooke in 1944 who was serving in the Canadian
Navy. They lived in Alberta most of their lives until Earl's death in
1969. Her move to the Coast in 1981 showed her love and loyalty to her
She played professional baseball in Saskatchewan before she was recruited
to play for the Fort Wayne Daisies in the AAGBL - (All American Girls
Baseball League). She played for one year as Penny O'Brian and claimed
it was the best year of her life. The League was the motivation for the
movie "A League of Their Own".
Penny attended several League reunions and went to Cooperstown when the
league was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and she was also inducted
into the Canadian Baseball hall of fame in June 4th, 1998.
The introduction: Blessed with blazing speed on the base paths, this Fort
Wayne outfielder stole 43 bases in just 83 games during the 1945 season.
From Edmonton, Alberta, meet Penny Peanuts (O'Brian) Cooke!
Until 2 years ago she worked every day as chief cleaner and dishwasher
for the family business Motion Foods.
Her mourning fan club includes son Bob Cooke, daughters PenEarle Albers
and Georgy (Bill) Good, grandchildren Brian (Kristine) Good, Shaela (Bal)
Good-Bujar and Derek Good. Great-granddaughters Emily and Natalie and
sisters Kaye and Micky.
No service by request.
Donations to SPCA would reflect her love of animals.
Special thanks to Dr. Jenny Shaw and the wonderful people at Coastal Health.