Doris Sams

  • "You were a hero to all in Kalamazoo (Lassies), MI in the..."
    - David H Taylor
  • "Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us. Godspeed."
    - Harry Simpson
  • "Love to have a game of catch with this wonderful woman...."
    - Scott Preston Hardy
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    - Carol Owens
  • "Just found out that Doris was my grandfathers cousin, I..."
    - Nicole Youngman ( Sams ) maiden

Doris Sams (Associated Press) Doris Sams in the Baseball Memorials Photo Gallery Enlarged Photo
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Doris Sams, a pitcher and outfielder from Knoxville who helped inspire the movie "A League of Their Own," has died at the age of 85.

The Stevens Mortuary Chapel in Knoxville says Sams died Thursday and her funeral service was Sunday. According to The Knoxville News Sentinel, she had been battling Alzheimer's for three years.

Sams, also called Sammye, was a leading player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. According to the league's website, she was a five-time all-star during her eight-year pro career. She played for the Muskegon Lassies, later the Kalamazoo Lassies.

Sams made the circuit's honor team in 1947 and from 1949 through 1952. She averaged more than .300 during each of her last four seasons.

One sportswriter called her "calm and cool at all times."

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