The Ladies of "A League of Their Own"


At the All-Star fan fest, the line was long to get up close and personal with the ladies that inspired the movie, "A League of Their Own."

"It's like being young again."

"I'm just so happy that the people are pleased to actually meet a real ball player that played in the league."

Lou Erickson is 85 now. She was 19 when she joined the all american girls' professional baseball league. First with the Racine Belles in 1948. Then two championship seasons with the Rockford Peaches in 1949 and 50.

"These people are appreciating the fact that we opened the gates for a lot of women to get into sports. Which we didn't know at the time we were doing in the 40's," said Erickson.

Jeneane Lesko played two seasons with the Grand Rapids Chicks before the league disbanded in 1953 and 54.

I did become starting pitcher my second year. But my first year i was pretty wild because i had never played organized baseball before," said Lesko.

As for the movie that starred Tom Hanks in 1992, the basic story is all true. There's a couple things that aren't true.

"There's no crying in baseball."

"But i figured they had to put some Hollywood in there because we were too dull."

Without Penny Marshall making that movie, probably nobody in the United States, or other nations would know about us.

These young ladies truly are in a league of their own.


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