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Former Baseball Player Who Inspired 'A League Of Their Own' Comes Out At Age 95 In Viral Video

Former Baseball Player Who Inspired 'A League Of Their Own' Comes Out At Age 95 In Viral Video
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A baseball legend has come out of the closet.

Famed baseball player Maybelle Blair reported she was coming out of the closet at the age of 95.

Blair, the legendary pitcher that partially inspired the 1992 sports film A League of Their Own, was speaking at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival in New York on Monday when she made the announcement.

She declared she was a lesbian during the premiere of the A League of Their Own series set to stream on Amazon Prime.

She said:

“I think it’s a great opportunity for these young girl ball players to come to realize that they’re not alone, and you don’t have to hide."
"I hid for 75, 85 years and this is actually basically the first time I’ve ever come out.”

Blair, also known as "All the Way Mae," served as pitcher for the Peoria Redwings in 1948 and was a member of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, an organization that existed from 1943-1954.

Amazon Prime filmed the moment and shared it on the A League of Their Own Twitter account.

Watch the video here:

The new series, like the original 1992 movie, will take place in 1943 and follow the baseball team The Rockford Peaches.

Earlier this year, a teaser for the new series dropped that suggested a flirtatious relationship between two of the team's players.

The possibly sapphic relationship features Carson, played by series creator and Broad City star Abbi Jacobson, and Greta, played by D'Arcy Carson of The Good Place fame.

Twitter users are celebrating Blair for officially coming out.

The series will differ by taking “a deeper look at race and sexuality, following the journey of a whole new ensemble of characters as they carve their own paths towards the field, both in the league and outside of it" according to press notes.

Jacobson said:

“A door opens for a lot of White women and White-passing women that get on the league that we all know from the film."
"But what about the Black women who were not allowed to try out and who had to sort of carve their own path to play baseball? It’s also a really queer story.”