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At 81, Camden woman who played pro baseball

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Jul 06, 2017 5:41 am

At 81, Camden woman who played pro baseball will be back on the field
A member of the 1954 Blue Sox in the All-American Girls league, Maxine Simmons will throw the first pitch Thursday as the Sea Dogs honor the film 'A League of Their Own.'

CAMDEN — Maxine Simmons will take to the mound Thursday night at Hadlock Field for a ceremonial first pitch before a Portland Sea Dogs game.

“I hope I can do it,” she said. “I haven’t thrown anything in a long time. I think maybe I’ll practice by throwing some rocks.”

Like the young men who will follow her onto the field, Simmons once got paid to play baseball. Now 81 and living in her hometown of Camden, Simmons played for the South Bend (Indiana) Blue Sox in 1954 during the final season of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. ... the-field/
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