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‘A League of Their Own’ Inspiration Coming to Mabel Blair 95 and New Amazon Series (Exclusive)

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As a former All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player, Mabel Blair not only broke barriers for women, but also served as inspiration for Penny Marshall. a league of Their Own as well as Prime Video’s upcoming TV adaptation of the 1992 classic. The former athlete recently made headlines after coming out as a lesbian at the age of 95, after nearly eight decades of hiding.

Blair told ET’s Kevin Frazier about the moment he revealed his truth during a live Q&A for the Prime Video series at the Tribeca Festival, which coincided with Pride Month. “I thought, ‘Well, Mabel, you did.’ And then afterward, I trembled because I forgot about my nephews [in the audience] for the moment. I went home and could barely sleep because I was so scared. But anyway, the phone started ringing and it was my nephew and he said, ‘Maybele, we’re so proud of you to come out.'”

For Blair, this moment came after spending most of her life in the closet fearing that her sexual identity would not only hurt her family, but also hold her back in life. “Oh, it was so hard,” she says, explaining that early in her life she had top-secret approval for a job at Northrop. “And I was always afraid that someone would call me into their office and say, ‘Mabele, you’ve been fired because we found out you’re a lesbian.’ And, oh my god, I would have died on the spot.”

She adds, “And now, all these people feel free to [live] Their life the way they want to live.”

When she came out in the moment, Blair credits the Prime Video series created by Will Graham and Abbi Jacobson, who also stars as Rockford Peaches catcher Carson Shaw, for helping her come out. “If it weren’t for Will and Abbi and all of them to make new series a league of Their OwnI never come out in my life,” she says.

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The series promises to present a more authentic version of real-life events as it follows the many women who have made history as the first players in the AAGPBL. According to Amazon, “The show takes an in-depth look at race and sexuality, following the journey of a new group of characters as they make their way down the field both in and out of the league.”

To do so, Blair was asked to consult on the new series, which also stars Chante Adams, D’Arcy Cardon, and Roberta Colindrez, hopeful professional baseball players. Brought into the writers’ room, “he asked me all kinds of questions … I tried to answer in the best way I could,” she says, revealing that the TV adaptation “is going to be fantastic.”

She adds, “I think he has done a thing.”

Not only that, but Blair is excited for viewers to see the true story of “Actually” a league of Their Ownshe says, explaining that “Penny would love to show that [in the film] But in his days, it was not accepted [then], Even in the early 1990s. ,

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When it comes to the 1992 film, which starred Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell, Blair remembers being so “thrilled” about the project at the time. “We couldn’t believe they were doing that part of our lives and showing that women play baseball,” she says, revealing that she was one of “13 or 14 ballplayers” invited to the set. She was

While many people think that Blair, who was a pitcher for the Peoria Redwings, directly inspired Davis’ character, Dottie Hinson, she and others actually inspired a little bit of everything they saw onscreen. “It was the summary of the whole league. They took a little bit of it, a little bit and they put it together and what they came up with, I can’t believe what Penny Marshall did,” she says now.

When asked about his favorite scene from the film, Blair points to the defining moment at the end of the championship game. “The scene I think about all the time naturally happens at the end when [Dottie] Dropped the ball,” she says. “Did you do it intentionally or didn’t she do it intentionally? If she was a real bowler, there’s no way she wouldn’t have dropped that ball.”


a league of Their Own Premieres August 12 on Prime Video.

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