Dorothy Kamenshek, Inspiration For 'League Of Their Own' Character, Dies At Age 84

05/24/2010 05:56 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) -- A former star of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League who helped inspire the lead character in the movie "A League of their Own" has died.

The Riverside County (Calif.) coroner said Friday that Dorothy Kamenshek died of natural causes Monday at her home in Palm Desert, Calif. She was 84.

Kamenshek played for the Rockford Peaches from 1943 to 1953. The left-handed infielder was named in the top 100 female athletes of the century by Sports Illustrated.

The Ohio native, who also went by the names Dottie and Kammie, was among the players who were the basis for Dottie Hinson, a character played by Geena Davis in the 1992 movie about women's professional baseball in the 1940s.

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