(KTLA) – After 95 years, a baseball legend is revealing her genuine self.
Maybelle Blair, the inspiration behind the movie and upcoming Amazon Prime sequence “A League of Their Own,” got here out publicly for the primary time. She spoke about her sexuality whereas on the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival for the screening of the sequence.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for these young girl ball players to come realize that they’re not alone and you don’t have to hide,” Blair stated. “I hid for 75, 85 years, and this is actually basically the first time I’ve ever come out.”
Blair’s announcement was met with applause and cheers.
The video was tweeted to the sequence’ account. “For the majority of her life, sports legend 95-year old @AAGPBL player, Maybelle Blair felt like she had to hide her authentic self,” the tweet learn. “Today she came out publicly for the first time. We couldn’t be happier for her, and continue to push for love and acceptance on and off the field.”
Blair was a pitcher and performed for the Peoria Redwings of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. According to the league’s web site, she performed for one season in 1948. She then left the next yr to play skilled softball in Chicago.
However, she continued to be concerned a while later. “She co-chaired AAGPBL-PA reunions in the Palm Springs area along with Shirley Burkovich,” the league stated. “Maybelle also served on the Board of Directors and was Chair of the Fundraising Committee.”
The ladies’s league gained worldwide consideration within the 1992 movie “A League of Their Own,” which was directed by Penny Marshall. The film adopted the fictional Rockford Peaches and starred Tom Hanks, Madonna, Geena Davis, Lori Petty and Jon Lovitz amongst different massive names. Madonna performed
The new “A League of Their Own” sequence was co-created by Will Graham and Abbi Jacobson. Jacobson of “Broad City” additionally stars within the present. The sequence additionally consists of Chanté Adams, D’Arcy Carden, and Roberta Colindrez.
“A League of Their Own” the sequence premieres on Amazon Prime on August 12.