“Pepper” Paire Davis wasn’t a name that was at the top of every sports fans mind but she was an inspiration to countless numbers of young girls and women through the years. Davis died Saturday at 88 years old, in her home in Van Nuys, California.
She will be best remembered as perhaps the very best professional woman baseball player of all time and she was the inspiration behind the character portrayed by Geena Davis in the 1992 sports film, “A League of Their Own.” In that movie, Davis played Dottie Henson, a tough as nails spark plug who led the Rockford Peaches to victory in the first season of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
Paire Davis, like Henson, was a catcher who really caught the attention of fans with great defense and a strong bat. She was managed in the AAGPBL by legendary hall of fame player, Jimmie Foxx, and spent nine years in the league.