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Gertrude Dunn, 1950s star in women's baseball league

AVONDALE, Pa. -- Gertrude Dunn, who played in the women's professional baseball league immortalized in the 1992 film ''A League of Their Own," died when the plane she was piloting crashed shortly after takeoff. She was 72.

Ms. Dunn, also a member of the US Field Hockey Hall of Fame, was alone in the single-engine plane that crashed Wednesday, officials said.

A witness told the National Transportation Safety Board that the engine died shortly after Ms. Dunn's Piper Archer plane took off from New Garden Airport. The NTSB said the crash is under investigation.

In 1952, Ms. Dunn was voted rookie of the year after leading her team to the championship of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.

After the league folded in 1954, she attended West Chester University, where she played on the US national field hockey and lacrosse teams.

She taught physical education for a few years and later held several other jobs, including selling collectible pins. She continued to be involved in field hockey until her death, working as a referee for youth games in Delaware.

Ms. Dunn leaves a brother.

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