Now would be an acceptable time for there to be some crying in Baseball.
Mary Pratt was a pitcher, playing on the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League between 1943 and 1947.
Pratt threw and batted for the left handed for the Rockford Peaches first, playing 24 games her first season. Next season she transferred to the Kenosha Comets, where she had her best season in the AAGPBL, winning 21 games and pitching a no-hitter, while leading the Comets to the league championship series.
The Kenosha Comets were the inspiration for the 1992 movie "A League Of Their Own". Even though the film was fictionalized, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
"We are terribly sad to report that former Rockford Peaches and Kenosha Comets pitcher, Mary Pratt passed away on May 6th. She was 101 years old. Mary was the last known original Peaches player that played on the 1943 team. Her stories, her energy will be missed for a long time," wrote the AAGPBL on Twitter .
The trailblazing athlete passed away peacefully in a nursing home, according to her nephew, Walter Pratt, who spoke with The Patriot Ledger .
Pratt then taught physical education and was a pioneer in fighting for equal opportunities for girls and women in sports.
“It is a sad day in baseball this week,” David Allen Lambert of Stoughton, chief genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, said to The Patriot Ledger . “I met Mary over 20 years ago at the Stoughton Historical Society when she gave a talk. She was such a wonderful lady to chat with. She brought the days of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League alive to those who were not alive to see these ladies play ball.”
Geena Davis, who starred in A League Of Their Own tweeted her condolebces, saying Pratt was "an incredible woman who inspired so many. Our heart go out to her family and loved one."
Mary Pratt was inducted into both the Boston University Hall of Fame and Boston Garden Hall of Fame.
At her 100th birthday party, she sang every word to the Rockford Peaches theme song.
Thank you for leading the way for so many girls. Rest in peace Mary.