She was a hard-throwing right-hander for the Peoria Red Wings in 1948

We’ll get to that in a moment. First, let’s look at the recent absurdity of this archaic statistic. Up in Toronto on Thursday, Chris Sale pitched eight brilliant shutout innings against the Blue Jays.

Boston’s newest lefty ace struck out 13 and allowed only four hits. Of his 102 pitches, 80 were strikes. That’s all kinds of ridiculous. According to this bit of research on Baseball-Reference’s Play Index, he’s the first pitcher in the history of baseball to throw at least 80 strikes in 102 or fewer pitches while striking out 13 hitters.

Yeah, maybe that’s a bit of an obscure stat. But it’s just a way to quantify what Sale did in his third start with the Red Sox. He was exceptionally exceptional, in a historical sense.

Megan Cavanaugh, who played Hooch, the switch-hitting second baseman, said she had a feeling that A League of Their Own would endure as a classic when she started seeing it make the rounds on the airwaves every spring.

Then people were asking us to come to places and make appearances,” she said. That’s when we were like, ‘This is going to go on and on and on.”’

Maybelle Blair, the 90-year-old pitcher, said the movie is a surprisingly accurate depiction of what life was like for the female ballplayers of the 1940s.

Blair wasn’t a Peach. She was a hard-throwing right-hander for the Peoria Cheap Authentic Hockey Jerseys Red Wings in 1948. (Nolan Ryan had nothing on me,” she said. Absolutely nothing.)

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Members of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (Daniel Brown Cheap Authentic Soccer Jerseys for Sporting News)

Blair said the movie captures the essence her playing days, right down to the uniforms.