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Maybelle Blair, baseball player who inspired ‘A League of Their Own,’ comes out at 95

One, two, three strikes, she’s out!Former baseball player Maybelle “Mae” Blair — a.k.a. “All the way Mae” came out publicly for the first time this week following the premiere of the Amazon series A League of Their Own at the Tribeca Festival.Blair played in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League that the original A League of Their Own film and new series are based on.Related: ‘A League of Their Own’ is getting a TV series, and this iconic Peach is returningDuring a Q&A about the series, Blair expressed her happiness that players no longer have to hide their sexual orientations in the league.For the majority of her life, sports legend 95-year old @AAGPBL player, Maybelle Blair felt like she had to hide her authentic self.

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