Thursday, November 10, 2011

Dorrie Reid

A newspaper article materialized onto the top of my hope chest this past week. It featured the second half of an article about Dorrie Reid, a member of the All American Girls Baseball League.  She's either from my home town or has family in this area. I don't exactly know because the first part of the article wasn't there.
I wish I would have been able to include this when I wrote about A League of Their Own.  Ah, but better late than never.
She played for the Grand Rapids Chicks. There were other teams that weren't mentioned in the movie like the Kalamazoo Lassies and the Fort Wayne Daisies.
She talked about etiquette classes and how some girls would sneak out of the room after curfew. She also shares how easy it was to acquire strawberries and bruises when sliding into the bases thanks to the uniform they wore. "It's half a dress!"  Reid also mentioned that her dentist teases her about being the character that Madonna portrayed, but she defends the jabs by stating that the Grand Rapids Chicks weren't even mentioned in the Penny Marshall film.
The girls played about 150 games a year and traveled all over the coutry. After three years in the League, Reid retired in 1950. To this day she carries a baseball with her where ever she goes.

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