Women's Baseball Standout Kamenshek Dies

Dorothy Kamenshek was a star in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s and '50s. She was the inspiration for Dottie Hinson, the star of the 1992 film A League of Their Own.

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We remember now, one of the best female baseball players ever. Dorothy Kamenshek was a hard-hitting first base woman in the All American Girls Baseball League in the 1940s and '50s. Known as Dottie or Kammie, she was an all-star with the Rockford Peaches for nearly a decade. The 1992 movie "A League of their Own" introduced a new generation to the history of women's baseball, and actress Gina Davis played Dottie Hinson, a character loosely based on Kamenshek.

Sports Illustrated named her one of the top 100 female athletes of the century. Dorothy - Dottie Kamenshek - was 84 when she died Monday, here in California.

Unidentified Group: (Singing) Oh, we are the sisters of the All American League, we come from cities near and far. We got Canadians, Irish ones, and Swedes. We're all for one, we're one for all, we're all Americans.

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