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No crying in baseball, Bloomer Girl tells Inslee

OLYMPIA — There is, in fact, no crying in baseball.

Or so Dorothy Roth, a real-life version of the women baseball players portrayed in the movie “A League of Their Own”, confirmed to Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday as he issued a proclamation honoring her.

Back in 1945, however, there was a bit of stigma attached to baseball for women, said Roth, 86, now  a resident of an assisted living center in Marysville .She was recruited out of high school, and was usually the youngest player on the field that summer. She doesn't save any of her old uniforms because at the time she was embarrassed to be known as a baseball player.

“Nice girls played tennis,” she said. Roth tried to hide her bat and glove as she walked past the courts. Baseball was for boys, but most of the boys had been drafted into military service for World War II and women were being recruited to play baseball to fill the void for baseball fans.

“I bet you never thought they'd make a movie about it,” Inslee said.

“No, and I never thought I'd meet a governor,” she replied.

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