Shortstop in 1st women’s pro baseball league dies at 90

Lucille Richards was on the team that inspired "A League of Their Own"

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. (AP) — A member of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League that was immortalized in the 1992 film “A League of Their Own” has died. Lucille “Lou” Richards was 90.

"A League of Their Own" was based on the real life first women's professional baseball league. (IMDB)
“A League of Their Own” was based on the real life first women’s professional baseball league. (IMDB)

Jon Richards tells The Associated Press that his mother died May 20 at the Cape Royal Nursing and Rehab Facility in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. He says she died of complications from hydrocephalus.

She was a shortstop for the Racine Belles and the South Bend Blue Sox in 1945 as part of the first women’s professional baseball league.

The former Lucille Stone grew up in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood and was an avid Red Sox fan.

She coached for the Holbrook Little League Rotary Club baseball team for 25 years.

She is survived by her son, her sister and dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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