The Obit For Dottie Kay
Dottie Ferguson Key dies
Saturday, May 10, 2003
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP-CP) -- Canadian
Dottie Ferguson Key, who played 10 seasons with the Rockford Peaches in
the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and was supposedly the
basis for a character in the film A League of Their Own, has died. She was
Key died Thursday at the home of her daughter, Dona
Ericksen. She said her mother had cancer.
Key appeared in
several clips featured in the 1987 Ken Burns-produced documentary A League
of Their Own, and was supposedly the basis for the Mae (All the Way)
Mordabito character played by Madonna in the 1992 movie.
Dottie joined the Peaches in 1945, two years after the
formation of the league. She had been a standout softball player in
Winnipeg and was recruited by a league scout in 1944.
road uniform with the No. 12 is part of the Women in Baseball exhibit in
the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
strictly a baseball player, she loved it," said Helen (Sis) Waddell Wyatt,
a member of the 1950 and 1951 Peaches.
Key, who played
second base and centre field, was a member of all four of Rockford's
league championship teams in 1945, '48, '49 and '50.
rather play ball than eat or sleep," Key said before boarding a bus bound
for a league reunion in 1986.
The Second World War prevented
Key from making an Olympic appearance for Canada after she became the
North American women's speed skating champion in 1939.
Peaches drafted her in 1945, and she remained with the team until the
league disbanded in 1954.
In 1998, Key was inducted into the
Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. In
April, she won the YWCA's Janet Lynn Sports Award.