An original player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), the inspiration for the film “A League of Their Own,” provided a truly heartwarming moment at the 2022 Tribeca Festival.
Maybelle Blair, a pitcher for the AAGPBL’s Peoria Redwings, came out as a lesbian for “basically the first time” during a panel discussion at the film festival.
For the majority of her life, sports legend 95-year old @AAGPBL player, Maybelle Blair felt like she had to hide her authentic self. Today she came out publicly for the first time. We couldn't be happier for her, and continue to push for love and acceptance on and off the field. pic.twitter.com/BEaCisO2RH
— A League of Their Own (@LeagueOnPrime) June 14, 2022
Blair, who is 95 years old, told the crowd at New York City’s SVA Theatre that she’d known she liked women since high school.
For years she “thought she was the only gay person in the world,” according to Adweek’s Mollie Cahillane.
She was on stage to help promote the premiere of Amazon Prime’s new “A League of Their Own” TV series.
Pretty cool color footage of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), which existed from 1943-1954 pic.twitter.com/ch3UhyaVuI
— Ben Porter (@Ben13Porter) January 28, 2021
During filming, Blair served as a consultant to showrunners Will Graham and Abbi Jacobson on the happenings within the league from a first-hand perspective.
On Monday, after watching the first episode of the show, Blair felt inspired to share her own truth.
She received a standing ovation from the crowd in Chelsea.