Doris Sams, 85, died last Thursday of complications of Alzheimer's disease.
But Sams wasn't just another Knoxvillian.
She'd played in the Women's Baseball League from 1946-1953 for the Muskegon and Kalamazoo Lassies. During her career she won player of the year twice, pitched two no-hitters, and hit a league-record 12 home runs.
Sams' obituary ran in The New York Times on July 1 (the News-Sentinel published her obituary on June 29). Richard Goldstein wrote in the obituary that Sams was born in Knoxville in 1927, and played softball during her childhood. She met up with the Racine Peaches team as they were passing through the city in 1946. She tried out for the team in Chattanooga, and made the squad. She was soon moved to the Muskegon Lassies.