The baseball player who inspired ‘A Championship of their own’ comes out at 95: VIDEO

A baseball legend has come out of the closet.

Famous baseball player Maybelle Blair reported coming out at the age of 95.

Blair, the legendary pitcher who partly inspired the 1992 sports film A league of its ownhe was speaking at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival in New York on Monday when he made the announcement.

She claimed to be a lesbian during the premiere of A league of its own series intended for streaming on Amazon Prime.

She said:

“I think it is a great opportunity for these young ball players to realize that they are not alone and that you don’t have to hide.”

“I’ve been in hiding for 75, 85 years and this is pretty much the first time I’ve come out.”

Blair, also known as “All the Way Mae,” served as a pitcher for the Peoria Redwings in 1948 and was a member of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, an organization that existed from 1943 to 1954.

Amazon Prime filmed the moment and shared it on A league of its own Twitter account.

Watch the video here:

The new series, like the original 1992 film, will take place in 1943 and follow baseball team The Rockford Peaches.

Earlier this year, a teaser for the new series came out suggesting a flirtatious relationship between two of the team’s players.

The possibly Sapphic relationship features Carson, played by the creator of the series e Wide city star Abbi Jacobson, and Greta, played by D’Arcy Carson’s The good place fame.

Twitter users are celebrating Blair’s official coming out.

The series will differ in “a deeper look at race and sexuality, following the journey of an entirely new set of characters as they carve their own paths to the pitch, both in the league and beyond it,” according to the notes from the press.

Jacobson said:

“It opens a door for many white women and white women passing through to the league that we all know from the film.”

“But what about black women who weren’t allowed to try and who had to carve their own way to play baseball? It’s also a really weird story.”

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