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Sunday, September 24, 2023

The Amazin’ Mets Foundation, led by Foundation President and Mets Owner Alex Cohen, awarded the inaugural Amazin’ Mets Foundation Legacy Award to Maybelle Blair, a champion for women’s baseball. The Amazin’ Mets Foundation Legacy Award celebrates the people and organizations in the baseball community that are making a difference and driving impactful change, on and off the field.

As a pioneer in women’s baseball and a lifelong advocate for girls in sports, Blair personifies the essence of the Amazin’ Mets Foundation Legacy Award. A former pitcher, Blair played in 1948 for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League that was made famous by the movie “A League of Their Own” and later played in the National Women’s Softball League.

Blair travels the United States speaking on behalf of women’s baseball. As a Founding Director Emeritus of the International Women’s Baseball Center, Blair has continued to break barriers off the field. She has dedicated her life to promoting women in baseball and honoring the history of the Leagues she once played for.

Blair came out at 95 years old on-stage during the Tribeca Film Festival last year. In honor of Blair, the Amazin’ Mets Foundation will give a grant to Athlete Ally, a nonprofit organization that educates athletic communities on how to understand obstacles for LGBTQ+ people in sports and build inclusive environments.

In honor of Maybelle, the Foundation was proud to donate $5,000 to Athlete Ally, a nonprofit LGBTQ athletic advocacy group based in New York.