Shortstop in 1st Women’s Pro Baseball League Dies on Cape Cod at 90

Rosie O'Donnell and Madonna at the premier of "League of Their Own" in 1992

Rosie O’Donnell and Madonna at the premier of “League of Their Own” in 1992

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 on Cape Cod. Lucille “Lou” Richards was 90.

Jon Richards tells The Associated Press that his mother died May 20 at the Cape Royal Nursing and Rehab Facility in Buzzards Bay. 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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