Maybelle Blair, the baseball icon who inspired the movie “League of Their Own,” shares with In The Know why she came out at 95, and tips on how to live an authentic life
MAYBELLE BLAIR: After 95 years, I'm able to be myself. And I'm so thrilled about that because it's about time I opened up that rusty door. And out I came.
Well, I grew up playing the baseball as a little girl. And it's all I ever do because we didn't have all this TikTok and goo goo and what have you. So what happened was the only thing we had to play with was cans or baseball and bats. So we played baseball. Baseball was our love. We made our old baseball field.
And for any little kid, what I advise them to do is to go out and play and follow their dream. Whatever they do, never give up that dream because the dream is there if you want it hard enough.
Enjoy every day of your life. And enjoy it is to be able to enjoy every day, every minute that you can. If you don't want to do something, don't do it. Don't make everybody else miserable. If you go someplace, have a good time or stay home. That's my big advice.
Never give up a good friend. And never take advantage of a good friend. When you have a good friend, you have the best thing in life. If you don't have a good friend, you're in trouble, I think. So what you have to do is be true to your friend. And if you are a friend, be a friend there in need.
When I was growing up, the thing that I was worried about because I was gay. And I believe that nowadays, you could tell people that you're gay and it will be OK. And I'm so thrilled that I was able to do that at 95. At this age, my true sense is that I am now myself. I wished I could have done that when I was a younger.
So I advise all of you young kids, if you are gay, please tell people. And let them know that this is your life and you want to live your life. And that's the way it should be.