Former girl’s baseball league player to throw out first pitch at Mariners game

Dorothy Roth tore up all her pictures.
“I was kind of ashamed of it.”

After all, in 1945, playing baseball wasn’t the social norm. But when a scout approached her with a chance to play in the national girls baseball league, she needed the money.

“I earned (shrugs) 29 dollars I think, a month.”

So for one season, Dorothy played first base and left field for the Parichy Bloomer Girls, in Illinois, and tried not to make any errors.

“The crowds were mostly old men and uh (coughs) if you made a mistake, they’d throw a beer bottle at ya.”

Now 85 years old, Dorothy’s preparing for the biggest stage of all, throwing out the first pitch before a Mariners game at Safeco Field, hoping the beer bottles remain in the crowd.

“I don’t have the muscle that I used to have…I haven’t been practicing either.”

Not that the crowd will mind. As one of the remaining survivors from a group of players made famous in the movie “A League of Their Own,” Dorothy now continues a legacy she once concealed because of shame.

“I think it opened the door more for women to participate in more sports.”

That door now opened, Dorothy can take the field one last time with her head held high.

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5 comments

  • Tracy

    We're so proud of you, Dorothy! Can't wait to join the Grandview Village fan club on Wednesday for the game! There will be 80+ of us rooting you on!!! Thanks for bringing this story to life, Q13!

  • Jill Bellis

    We'll be there from Channel Point Village cheering you on with all the Village Concept's crew!
    GO DOROTHY!! We're so proud of you!
    Thank You, Q13 for telling Dorothy's story!
    Jill Bellis

  • David Bricka

    The gang from Country Meadow Village will be there to support Dorothy and watch the game at the "Safe!" Thanks for sharing her story! It is such a key part of our unique culture!

  • Jennifer Bolton

    Riverside East Retirement and Assisted Living will be there today with the rest of the Village Concepts Communities to Cheer Dorothy on!!! We are excited to have the opportunity to share in this special day!!

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