A baseball player who was one of the many inspirations for “Their League” has spoken publicly about her sexuality for the first time.

A baseball player who was one of the many inspirations for “Their League” has spoken publicly about her sexuality for the first time.

Mabel Blair, 95, was a member of the National Women’s Professional Baseball League, the professional women’s baseball league that existed from 1943 to 1954. The California native pitched for the Peoria Red Wings in 1948.

Blair — also known as “All The Way Mae,” like Madonna’s character in the original film — speaks after the screening of the new series at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival in New York this week Come out as a lesbian.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for these young women to realize that they’re not alone and you don’t have to hide,” Blair told the crowd. “I was in hiding for 75, 85 years, actually this was basically the first time I came out.”

Like the 1992 film, “Their Union” takes place in 1943 and follows the fictional Rockford Peach members. According to the outlet, the show, unlike the film, “deeply explores issues of race and sexuality, following the journey of a whole new cast of characters who blaze their own paths both in and out of the league.

A trailer for the show, released earlier this month, hinted at a flirtation between players Carson (played by Jacobson) and Greta (Darcy Carden).

Jacobson confirmed on “The Drew Barrymore Show” last year that she sought the blessing of Penny Marshall, who directed the film and died in 2018, before committing to the show. She also vowed that the show would explore “the reality of what really happened in 1943” while evoking the “spirit and joy” of the original.

“A door opened up for a lot of white women and white women who came into the league that we all know in the movies,” she said. “But what about the black women who weren’t allowed to play and had to carve their own way to play baseball? It’s also a true gay story.”

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