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2/4/13 at 12:58 PM 0 Comments

Inspiration for 'A League of Their Own' Movie Died Saturday

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According to the Associated Press, Lavonne "Pepper" Paire-Davis of the 1940's All-American Girls Professional Baseball League died this weekend at age 88.

Paire-Davis was scouted for the temporary league during World War II and played catcher, shortstop, and Third Basemen from 1945 to 1952, according to the AAGPBL website. The league ended in 1954.

She also was a technical advisor to Penny Marshall's movie about the AAGPBL "A League of Their Own," helping inform the film with stories, scrapbooks and songs about the female league. Marshall's movie starring Tom Hanks, Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell followed a fictional player Dottie Hinson and her team the Rockford Peaches as they made their way to the World Series.

Paire-Davis said the 1992 movie was "70-80% of the truth - manipulated truth because of a money and a time element," in an interview featured in the e-zine The Diamond Angle,

Paire-Davis went on to write a book about the AAGPBL called Dirt in the Skirt in 2009.

Paire-Davis died of natural causes. She was survived by two sons, a daughter, four grandkids and an older brother.

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