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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 02:16 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: a league of their own, baseball movies, film, pepper paire-davis, women's baseball

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   1. vortex of dissipation Posted: February 04, 2013 at 06:58 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 09:00 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(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: February 04, 2013 at 09:02 PM (#4362767)
Short? Really? Over Mora?

I'd root for that team, though.
   4. vortex of dissipation Posted: February 04, 2013 at 11:37 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...

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