Dottie Hinson's Real Life Counterpart Dies

Dottie Hinson was a character in the 1992 Geena Davis flick A League of Their Own, and the real life inspiration for the part, a woman named Dorothy Kamenshek, died yesterday at 84, according to She passed away in Palm Desert, Calif. of natural causes.

Dorothy Kamenshek inspired the character Dottie Hinson. (
Kamenshek, who went by the name Dottie or Kammie, was an infielder for the Rockford Peaches from 1943-1951. The star was named one of the top 100 female athletes of the century by Sports Illustrated and was selected to 7 All-Star teams before the end of her career in 1953.

"She was the greatest ballplayer in our league," Pepper Paire Davis, a woman who played with Dorothy in the league, said. "She was one of the few ballplayers in our league who hit .300, which is like hitting .400 in the Majors."

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