Dottie Collins, a star pitcher in women's professional baseball in the 1940s, died Tuesday in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was 84. In the summer of 1948, she pitched until she was four months pregnant. Ms. Collins won more than 20 games in each of her first four seasons and threw 17 shutouts. Memorabilia from her collection inspired the 1992 film A League Of Their Own. In a 1993 interview, Ms. Collins recalled her glory: "I pitched and won both games of a doubleheader once pitching underhand," she said. "I think I could have pitched a doubleheader overhand, too. I don't think it would be that hard. Nowadays, the men can't do it, but hell, they can't do nothin.'" [NY Times]
Submitted discussions can be approved by the author or users followed by this blog.