Tuesday, February 5, 2013

’A League of Their Own’ inspiration dies at 88

 Lavonne "Pepper" Paire-Davis was an inspiration for Geena Davis' kick-ass catcher Dottie Hinson in "A League of Their Own," a movie that makes me cry no matter how many times I watch it. Unfortunately, the women who played in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League are of the same generation as our World War II vets, and are dying or have already left us. It's a good time to remind ourselves and our daughters that women played professional baseball at one time, (though it took a world war and the absence of a generation of young men for that to happen), a time when many women didn't even have normal day jobs outside of the home. So even now we can dream big and reach high, whether it's in sports or any other aspects of our lives - girls don't always have to be the ones watching; we can be the ones playing!

Rest in peace, Pepper.

’League of Our Own’ inspiration dies at 88

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