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Legendary ‘Peaches’ pitcher Mary Pratt dies at 101

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A league of their own – Mary Pratt (bottom row fourth from left) was a baseball icon in the All Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) in the 1940s. National Baseball Hall of Fame

Legendary ‘Peaches’ pitcher Mary Pratt dies at 101

Mary Pratt, believed to be one of the last surviving members of the women’s baseball league which was celebrated in the Hollywood film “A League of Their Own”, has died. She was 101.

The baseball icon Pratt pitched in the 1940s for the Rockford Peaches, one of the original teams in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). She was the last surviving member of the Peaches.

She died peacefully in her sleep at the John Scott Nursing home in Quincy, Massachusetts.

“We are terribly sad to report that former Rockford Peaches and Kenosha Comets pitcher, Mary Pratt passed away on May 6th. She was 101 years old,” the AAGPBL wrote on its Twitter account.

“Mary was the last known original Peaches player that played on the 1943 team. Her stories, her energy will be missed for a long time.”

The league was immortalised in the 1992 film which was directed by Penny Marshall and starred Tom Hanks and Geena Davis.

Born in 1918 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Pratt joined the inaugural season of the AAGPBL and pitched for five years (1943-1947).

She later served on the AAGPBL’s board of directors and became a pioneer in fighting for equal opportunities for girls and women in sports.

In her youth, she played basketball, softball, volleyball, lacrosse, field hockey and tennis.

She has been inducted into the New England Sports Museum, Boston University Hall of Fame, and Boston Garden Hall of Fame.

At her 100th birthday party in 2018 she reflected fondly on her time as an athlete.

“The good things I used to think about sports . . . memories, you live on with them, because baseball is baseball, whether it’s today, or tomorrow or 50 years ago,” she said.

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