Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Monday, February 04, 2013

‘Pepper’ Paire-Davis, women’s baseball player, ‘League of Their Own’ inspiration dies at 88

Lavonne “Pepper” Paire-Davis, a star of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s and an inspiration for the central character in the movie “A League of Their Own,” has died, her son said Sunday.

Paire-Davis died of natural causes in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles on Saturday, her son, William Davis, told The Associated Press. She was 88.

Paire-Davis was a model for the character played by Geena Davis in the 1992 hit “A League of Their Own,” which also starred Rosie O’Donnell, Madonna and Tom Hanks as the crusty manager who shouted the famous line, “there’s no crying in baseball!”

In 1944, Paire-Davis joined the league, created out of fear that World War II would interrupt Major League Baseball, and played for 10 seasons.

She was a catcher and shortstop, and helped her teams win five championships. She chronicled her baseball adventures in the 2009 book “Dirt in the Skirt.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 04, 2013 at 01:16 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: a league of their own, baseball movies, film, pepper paire-davis, women's baseball

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. vortex of dissipation Posted: February 04, 2013 at 05:58 PM (#4362658)
Batting order for the Havana Sugar Kings in my Strat-O-Matic League:

Toshio Naka, 1964 - RF
Larry Doyle, 1911 - 2B
Willie McGee, 1985 - CF
Jim Lemon, 1959 - LF
George Kelly, HoF - 1B
Jody Davis, 1985 - C
Geoff Blum, 2009 - DH
Melvin Mora, 2009 - 3B
Lavonne Paire, 1944 - SS
   2. Moeball Posted: February 04, 2013 at 08:00 PM (#4362763)
Met Pepper and Lefty Hohlmayer back in 1993, I think it was. Where the heck does the time go? That was 20 years ago now. The ladies were touring after the success of the film, and I think they were enjoying the chance to reminisce and just talk baseball with folks.

Gone but not forgotten, at least by a few of us.
   3. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili (TeddyF.Ballgame) Posted: February 04, 2013 at 08:02 PM (#4362767)
Short? Really? Over Mora?

I'd root for that team, though.
   4. vortex of dissipation Posted: February 04, 2013 at 10:37 PM (#4362818)
Short? Really? Over Mora?

I'd root for that team, though.

It's Mora's 2009 card, and he only played third base that season, so he's not eligible to play short. If it was from earlier in his career, he could play there...

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.



<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF


Thanks to
ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick
for his generous support.


You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogHow Colby Rasmus' big contract played a role in trading Jed Lowrie - Houston Chronicle
(21 - 8:33am, Nov 27)
Last: Nasty Nate

NewsblogRod Carew opens up about his private life and his near-death experience
(68 - 8:12am, Nov 27)
Last: Never Give an Inge (Dave)

(832 - 8:06am, Nov 27)
Last: GordonShumway

NewsblogAlex Gordon a Value Buy in Free Agency | FanGraphs Baseball
(10 - 7:28am, Nov 27)
Last: Fancy Pants with a clinging marmoset on his Handle

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - November 2015
(1244 - 4:38am, Nov 27)
Last: RollingWave

NewsblogAll MLB clubs have reasons to be thankful |
(4 - 3:34am, Nov 27)
Last: Joyful Calculus Instructor

NewsblogOT - November* 2015 College Football thread
(870 - 1:39am, Nov 27)
Last: AuntBea

NewsblogThe 3-man rotation? It's coming ... sometime, says Bill James
(23 - 1:24am, Nov 27)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogComcast takes shot at Yankees in dispute as cable operator says not many folks watching the games on YES
(12 - 12:31am, Nov 27)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogAlex Avila lands with Chicago White Sox
(6 - 9:26pm, Nov 26)
Last: Lance Reddick! Lance him!

NewsblogOakland A's acquire Jed Lowrie from Houston Astros for RHP Brendan McCurry
(16 - 5:31pm, Nov 26)
Last: bobm

NewsblogJed Lowrie rejoins A’s; Brett Lawrie likely to be traded - San Francisco Chronicle
(4 - 4:34pm, Nov 26)
Last: Baldrick

NewsblogFree-agent starters Red Sox may try to sign |
(31 - 3:57pm, Nov 26)
Last: Walt Davis

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1911 Ballot
(10 - 3:33pm, Nov 26)
Last: John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy

NewsblogOT: Soccer in November 2015
(130 - 12:57pm, Nov 26)
Last: Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play

Page rendered in 0.3758 seconds
47 querie(s) executed