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Dorothy 'Dottie' Kamenshek dies at 84; inspired character in 'A League of Their Own'


Dorothy "Dottie" Kamenshek, one of the finest players who took the field for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, died Monday in Palm Desert at 84.

She was a star first baseman for the Rockford Peaches and one of the inspirations for the character played by Geena Davis in the 1992 film "A League of Their Own." (See trailer below, and tell us your favorite scene from the movie.)

A full obituary will follow at

-- Claire Noland

Photo: Dorothy Kamenshek. Credit: National Baseball Hall of Fame Library

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Very sad news. I met Dottie at two baseball autograph shows. She was VERY, VERY nice and outgoing and posed for several pictures. RIP Dorothy...

Who will ever forget the cantankerous baseball coach, played beautifully by Tom Hanks, chewing out one sobbing player with the now-immortal phrase, "There's no crying in baseball!"


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