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Sophie Kurys dies at 87, star of women's professional baseball league
Sophie Kurys dies at 87, star of women's professional baseball league

On a snowy April day in 1943, a high school sophomore from a working-class family in Flint, Mich., tried out for the major leagues. The big-city scouts were impressed and picked the lightning-quick teen on the spot — skirt and all. A month later, just a day shy of 18, Sophie Kurys signed a contract to play for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, the groundbreaking women's league featured in the 1992 film "A League of Their Own." Kurys, 87, who was famous for her gutsy base-stealing prowess and swiped a stunning 1,114 bases, died Feb. 17 from complications following surgery at Scottsdale Osborn Hospital near her Arizona home, said her niece,...

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