Entertainment as it should be at the beautifully renovated historic theater in downtown Greenville, TX! Get ready to be spoiled! Come enjoy an intimate show with close free parking, 2 course meal, luxurious seating, and all gratuities included!
This is the 25th Anniversary of the movie, spotlight the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. In attendance will be Maybelle Blair (1948 Peoria Redwings), and Shirley Burkovich (Muskegon Lassies (1949), Rockford Peaches (1951), Springfield Sallies (1950).
Maybelle Blair: Maybelle Blair was already an accomplished softball player when she joined the Peoria Redwings of the AAGPBL for one season in 1948. She left the league the following year to play professional softball in Chicago. This Texas native then moved to California, where she attended Compton Junior College and then the LA School of Physiotherapy. After working at a treatment center in Los Angeles, she changed fields and began a 37-year career at Northrop Corporation. Maybelle started as a chauffeur and ended up as one of only three female managers at Northrop. After retirement, she became vice president of CELS, Central Extended Learning for Seniors, a program provider for Elderhostel.
Maybelle co-chaired many AAGPBL-PA reunions in the Palm Springs area along with Shirley Burkovich, Maybelle also served on the Board of Directors and was Chair of the Fundraising Committee.
Shirley Burkovich: A native of Swissvale, Pennsylvania. Shirley Burkovich was a utility player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) for three seasons. Following her time in the league, she spent 30 years working at Pacific Bell (now SBC), starting as an operator and working her way up to assistant engineer. Since retiring at age 50, Shirley has enjoyed traveling and doing baseball clinics for kids through the organizations Kids in Sports and Sports Educators of America. She is one of the few AAGPBL players who had a speaking part in the film "A League of Their Own" (as “Older Alice”). Shirley served as a member of the board of directors of the AAGPBL Players Association, the organization as Treasurer for many years. Shirley enjoyed her time in the league and best remembers her game-ending single to center field to drive in the winning run and end a 12-inning game.
Sit back, relax, enjoy the movie and look forward to a personal Q&A afterwards!
During World War II when all the men are fighting the war, most of the jobs that were left vacant because of their absence were filled in by women. The owners of the baseball teams, not wanting baseball to be dormant indefinitely, decide to form teams with women. So scouts are sent all over the country to find women players.
One of the scouts, passes through Oregon and finds a woman named Dottie Hinson, who is incredible. He approaches her and asks her to try out but she's not interested. However, her sister, Kit who wants to get out of Oregon, offers to go. But he agrees only if she can get her sister to go. When they try out, they're chosen and are on the same team. Jimmy Dugan, a former player, who's now a drunk, is the team manager.
He doesn't feel as if it's a real job so he drinks and is not exactly doing his job. So Dottie steps up. After a few months when it appears the girls are not garnering any attention, the league is facing closure till Dottie does something that grabs attention. And it isn't long Dottie is the star of the team and Kit feels like she's living in her shadow.
Doors Open: 6:30 PM