Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Loss of a Legend: Mourning Dorothy "Dottie" Kamenshek

Last week, the baseball world lost a legendary player with some impressive stats. Dorothy "Dottie" Kamenshek played 10 years for the Rockford Peaches in the 1940s and 50s, back when the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was active. 

Dottie did everything Gehrig did, except in a knee-length skirt and lipstick
(Image/National Baseball Hall of Fame)

It is not a secret that Geena Davis' character, Dottie Hinson, from "A League of Their Own" was loosely based on Kamenshek. And if there was even one iota of truth to the character Davis portrayed then Kamenshek was one saucy lady.

My older sister and I saw "A League of Their Own" in the theater, when we were still to young to drive ourselves there, and we both left the movie inspired by the characters, their passion of the game and the sister story between Hinson and Kit Keller.

From what I can tell, Kamenshek did not have a kid sister who also played ball, but she was the star player that the movie showed her to be. She was named to the league's all-star team seven times and held down two batting titles in her career. She was so good that she was once recruited to play ball with the boys on a men's professional team.

Kamenshek was in her late 60s when"A League of Their Own" was being filmed and she was the one responsible for showing the actors how to turn a double play. I hope I have the hand-eye coordination to catch a baseball when I am in my late 60s, let alone instruct a bunch of starlets how to pull a 6-4-3.

R.I.P. Ms Kamenshek. Thanks for everything you did for women in the game and women who love the game.

Related: USA Today, Baseball Reference

1 comment:

  1. "I don't have ball players, I've got GIRLS!"