Photo of Kamenshek, known to jump three or four feet in the air to snag the ball at first base.

Dorothy “Dottie” Kamenshek was an American baseball player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1943 to 1953. She played first base for the Illinois Rockford Peaches and was considered one of the greatest female players of all time. An All-Star for the league almost every year she played, Dottie led in batting and made leaping catches at first base, sometimes doing a split in the air. Former New York Yankees first baseman Wally Pipp called Kamenshek “the fanciest-fielding first baseman I’ve ever seen, man or woman.”

She slid frequently, despite wearing the mandatory short skirt - a uniform designed to appeal to male fans. “At first, they just came to see the skirts,” Kamenshek said, “and then we showed them we could play.”