Topkin: These female baseball players were in a league of their own

From Marc Topkin at the Tampa Bay Times on January 24, 2020:

Until the movie, Sue Parsons Zipay was happy to live with what she called “her little secret.”

There were a couple boxes stashed around their house with some equipment and memorabilia, the stuff her mom hadn’t tossed. A few curious looks from her sons’ friends when she’d join them in the yard to play catch.

But otherwise, Zipay said, “I didn’t think it was really that important. It was just something I did.”

Then Penny Marshall happened to see a 27-minute 1987 public television documentary about a women’s pro baseball league that played in the Midwest during the 1940s and ‘50s.

Marshall was intrigued enough to want to develop the project further. After some initial brushbacks, she took a swing, producing and directing the 1992 movie, A League of Their Own. Thanks to some big-name stars and a well-written script, the film became a smash hit.

And interest in the story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), and its players, soared.

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Originally published: January 27, 2020. Last Updated: January 27, 2020.