News broke today of the passing of Pepper Paire-Davis, the real-life All American Girls Professional Baseball League catcher that was the inspiration for Dottie in A League of Their Own.
A bit of trivia about Paire-Davis: over her ten years in the league, she never actually played for the Rockford Peaches and she didn't join until the second year of the league. She started out in the 1944 season as a Minneapolis Millerette and then later played for the Fort Wayne Daisies (1945, 1952, 1953), the Grand Rapids Chicks (1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952), and the Racine Belles (1946, 1947).
I highly recommend spending some time on www.aagpbl.org and reading through the team and player profiles. I'm pretty much in love with ever nickname recorded for the players.
Also, I had no idea she had written a book! Dirt in the Skirt by Pepper Paire-Davis is available as an ebook for $3.99- the paperback looks to be out of print. Thank goodness for technology making it so this isn't lost forever.
(Side note: Two sports related posts in two days? Wha? Do I have a brain slug?)