Glew: Margaret Callaghan Maxwell of AAGPBL fame dies at 97

From SABR member Kevin Glew at the Canadian Baseball Network on January 20, 2019:

Margaret Maxwell, who was an infielder for eight seasons in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), passed away on January 11 at the age of 97.

Maxwell, whose maiden name was Callaghan, played professionally in the AAGPBL with her sister, Helen, and it’s been reported that they were the inspiration behind the iconic sister characters, Dottie Hinson (played by Geena Davis) and Kit Keller (played by Lori Petty), in the classic movie, “A League of the Own.”

After growing up playing fastball and other sports in Vancouver, alongside her sister, who was 15 months younger than her, Maxwell was working as a crew chief in a Boeing plant in Richmond, B.C., when she was convinced to try out for the AAGBL.

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Originally published: February 4, 2019. Last Updated: February 4, 2019.