Queer Heroes NW: Louise "Chris" Mazzuca
By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly
Queer Heroes NWÂ honors softball player Louise "Chris" Mazzuca today (June 4) for blazing a trail for women athletes. The project, which honors a new hero every day in June, is a collaboration between Q Center and the Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific NW (GLAPN). Hereâ€™s more from Q Center:
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX. But years ago, before women were wearing Nike uniforms as they played sports, there were women such as Louise Chris Mazzuca who paved the way for others to follow. Her generation of softball players were the pioneers who broke the ground for todayâ€™s women athletes. Louise Chris Mazzuca remains one of the best pitchers to ever play softball. She had nine perfect games and 35 no-hitters. She played for several teams including Portlandâ€™s Erv Lind Florists, which was considered one of the best teams in the country during the 1950s and 1960s. Chris joined the Florists when she was 19 years. In 1980, she was inducted into the Portland Metro Softball Hall-of-Fame.
Every day in June, the Queer Heroes NW project will reveal another hero. Weâ€™ll be posting them dailyÂ here. Information on each of the honorees is alsoÂ featured on the walls of the Aaron Hall Gallery at Q Center and will be displayed at Q Centerâ€™s booth at the Portland Pride festival June 15-17.