The Associated Press has the details of where Paire-Davis came in: Paire-Davis told the AP in a prior interview she couldn't "honestly tell you I knew the history we were making back then." "I know what it's like for your dream to come true, mine did," Paire-Davis said in an AP story in 1995, when she was 70. The classic baseball film "A League of Their Own" immortalized the life of Lavonne "Pepper" Paire-Davis, though you might not have made the connection at first. Paire-Davis was a model for the character played by Geena Davis in the 1992 hit "A League of Their Own," which also starred Rosie O'Donnell, Madonna and Tom Hanks as the crusty manager who shouted the famous line, "there's no crying in baseball!" "But I'd rather have played competitive baseball." Wrigley, and featured mostly women from the Chicago area. "But I'd rather have played competitive baseball."
Lavonne "Pepper" Paire-Davis, who starred in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and was the inspiration for Geena Davis's character in the film "A League of Their Own," died on Saturday at age 88.