Graduating Class: 1953
Induction Class: 1986
Born in Rockford, Ill. in 1928 Cione tried out for the Rockford Peaches of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1945. The Rockford team was based on the 1992 film A League of Their Own. She played for four AAGPBL teams, helping the Kenosha Comets to a league championship in 1952. During her 10-year career, she pitched three no-hitters, had three 20-win seasons and compiled a 76-65 record with a 2.33 ERA. Cione was Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame as well as the Eastern Michigan University Athletic Hall of Fame and she also served as vice president of the AAGPBL Players Association. She co-wrote and co-hosted Dirt on Their Skirts: The Story of Women in Baseball, a 90-minute electronic field trip available for school children through the National Baseball Hall of Fame. She was also interviewed for Diamond Dreams, a film that runs as a continuous loop in the hall of fame's exhibit on women in baseball.