ANAHEIM (CNS) – The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will honor players from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and actresses who portrayed them in the 1992 film “A League of Their Own” in a ceremony before tonight’s game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium.
Katie Horstman, who played in the league from 1951-54 and is part of the Women in Baseball exhibit at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., will throw the ceremonial first pitch on what the team has designated as Women in Baseball Night in connection with the 70th anniversary of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
AAGPBL players Maybelle Blair, Shirley Berkovich, Mary Moore and Marge “Pancho” Villa will also be honored during pregame ceremonies, along with “A League of Their Own” cast members Patti Pelton, Megan, Ann Cusack, Anne Ramsay, Lori Petty, Tracy Reiner and Bitty Schram.
The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was formed in 1943 by Chicago Cubs owner Philip K. Wrigley in case Major League Baseball attendance dramatically dropped because of the loss of stars to service in World War II. The Midwestern-based league continued in operation through 1954.
“A League of Their Own” was selected by the Librarian of Congress James H. Billington in December for inclusion in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, which honors films that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant, calling it “an enjoyably nostalgic film about women’s choices and solidarity during World War II that was both funny and feminist.”