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Lesbian baseball player dies
News posted Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011

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Mabel Holle, a member of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League and a women's sports activist, died in Lake Forest Dec. 11, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. She was 91.

Holle—born in Jacksonville, Ill.—became a member of the original South Bend Blue Sox of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League ( AAGPBL ) in 1943. She also played with the Kenosha Comets for a brief period.

On Nov. 5, 1988, Holle was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, N.Y., as a member of the All American Girls League. She was also inducted into the sports of fame of her alma mater, MacMurray College, in 1993.

Holle is survived by her longtime partner, Linda Hoffman; sisters Patricia Patrick of Lake Forest and Charlene Hobbie of Waverly, Ill.; nieces Dixie Hanks Richter ( John ) of Albuquerque, N.M., Betty Holder of Houston, Wendy Friedland ( Warren ) of Rockville, Md., and Carrie Carr ( Bill ) of Barrington, Ill.; nephew Larry Patrick ( Amy ) of Gurnee, Ill.; her two schnauzers, Maggie and Ellie; her many great and great-great, nieces and nephews; and friends and former teammates.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Kathryn ( Ollie ) and Frederick Holle; sister Emma, and brother Frederick. In lieu of flowers, people can send donations to the All American Girls Professional Baseball League ( ) or the Midwest Palliative & Hospice Care Center ( ) .

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