Baseball Hall of Famer, Maine native Maxine Drinkwater Simmons passes away


Maxine Drinkwater Simmons, a Hall of Famer in both the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame, has passed away. Known as the first woman inducted into the Maine Hall in 2005, Simmons played first and second base for the South Bend Blue Sox during the 1954 season of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, famously portrayed in the movie “A League of Their Own.”

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Born in Searsmont, raised in Camden, and passing away in Rockland on Feb. 11, 2024, she skipped her class trip during her senior year to audition for the league, becoming the first pick for the South Bend Blue Sox. Simmons, celebrated for her defensive prowess with a .947 fielding percentage, played a key role in the Blue Sox’s league championship bid, although the league disbanded before the season’s completion. After her baseball career, she returned to Camden, coaching basketball at Camden High School and actively participating in local softball teams while mentoring several Little League teams.

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