Alice "Lefty" Hohlmeyer turned her youthful fastpitch hobby into a baseball career. At age 20, Hohlmayer got the unique chance to play in a professional baseball league. It was an opportunity women players today can only dream of. Lucky for Hohlmayer she was born at just the right time: 1925. During WWII, Professional Baseball came to a grinding halt with male players fighting overseas. Baseball fans turned to the women of America to fill the national pastime gap. Lefty joined the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1946 at its heyday, boasting 8 teams and playing 110 game schedules.
The women of the AAGPBL had to adapt from Girl's Softball to baseball's 80-foot baseline with 9 players (instead of 10) and grueling road schedules. And they had to live up to society's idea of femininity, complete with skirts and make-up worn on and off the field--those bare legs paid the price with every slide into base. In 1948, Left pitched 42 scoreless innings, once got a hit off the great Satchel Paige in an All Star game, and was the only woman in the "55 years and over World Men's Slow Pitch Tournament" in 1981. These days she is invited to speak nationally and was asked to consult on the Geena Davis film "A League of Their Own". The character Rosie O'Donnell played in the film was loosely based on Alice.