Maybelle Blair Inspired ‘A League of Their Own.’ At 95, She’s Far From Done.

Maybelle Blair walked into a sporting goods store in her early 90s with a mission: to try on a pair of spikes.

The salesman suggested that she meant to ask for sneakers. But Blair, a former pitcher for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, insisted on baseball cleats. “He looked at me like I had lost it,” Blair, now 95, recalled in a recent interview.

The cleats finally appeared.

“He put them on my feet. I got up and marched around, and I heard that clicketyclack in my head and I was never so happy,” Blair said.

After taking the cleats for a walk in the store, Blair took them off, put them

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