August 18, 2008

Dottie Collins, Woman Pitcher, Dies at 84

Dottie Collins, star pitcher of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball league in the 1940s, has died at the age of 84. Collins was portrayed by Geena Davis in the movie A League of Their Own.

The New York Times has a lot of good information on Ms. Collins’ career, but I think that at least this quote is worth reprinting:

“I pitched and won both games of a doubleheader once pitching underhand,” she told Susan E. Johnson in “When Women Played Hardball.”

“I think I could have pitched a doubleheader overhand, too,” she said. “I don’t think it would be that hard. Nowadays, the men can’t do it, but hell, they can’t do nothin’.”

So true.

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