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Mary Baker

Died: December 17, 2003 in St. Mary’s, Ont.

Mary Baker, a player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, died on Dec. 17, 2003 in St. Mary’s Ont., of respiratory failure. She was 84. 

Baker was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998.

According to reports, Baker was a catcher with the South Bend Blue Sox from 1943 to 1949. She also served as manager of the Kalamazoo Lassies for three seasons. Her sister, Gene McFaul, was a player in the league in 1947.

According to her obituary, many who knew Baker felt that she had served as the inspiration for Geena Davis’s Dottie Hinson character in “A League of their Own.”

“Geena Davis was Mary Baker,” said Darrell Baker, Baker’s son-in-law. “She was beautiful both on the outside and on the inside.”