Original all-female league members who inspired "A League of Their Own" reuniting in N.Y.
This image provided by the National Baseball Hall of Fame shows Rockford Peaches' Dorothy Kamenshek. / Cooperstown,AP Photo/National Baseball Hall of Fame
(CBS/AP) COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - The surviving members of the all-female professional baseball league that inspired the film "A League of Their Own" will be reuniting in central New York state this weekend.
The players -- many who are in their 70s and 80s -- of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League are taking a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame as part of their reunion being held in central New York. The former players will be in Cooperstown Friday to sign autographs.
The women also have scheduled an exhibition softball game at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse on Saturday.
According to CBS affiliate WTVH-TV in Syracuse, N.Y., back in 2003 there were 125 living members of the all-female league. This year, there are only 48.
But, those 48 members will be gearing up and teaming up with former collage players when they face off against a local Syracuse softball team named Wings Over Syracuse, The Post-Standard in Syracuse reports. The softball team is mostly made up of teachers and social workers.
"It's a piece of history to come out and see them play, and see how they are now but also you're going to see some hints of how they used to be," Shelley McCann, chair of the 2012 reunion, said to WTVH-TV.
The league was formed during World War II as many minor league and major league players were entering the armed services. It was disbanded in the early 1950s.
Some part of the game will be dedicated to re-enacting plays from the 1992 film starring Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell and Madonna, according to The Post-Standard.
For more on the upcoming game, check out WTVH-TV's coverage.
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