Born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, Mildred “Meach,” 92, is one of the first women that played professional baseball and is currently the second oldest All American Girl Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) player that is still alive. During the two years that she was a professional baseball player, she played the position of first base and was known for her defensive skills. Mildred’s nickname in the league was “Meach.” She played on three separate teams while in the AAGPBL—the Fort Wayne Daisies, the Racine Belles and the Springfield Sallies. After two years in the league, Mildred retired from the game professionally, but later on in life she was able to pick up the sport again. Mildred was recognized in 1988 when she was inducted into the Women in Baseball display at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York.
Currently residing at Brookdale Cotswold in Charlotte, Mildred continues to share her love of baseball with everyone she meets. Due to living with Alzheimer’s and being confined to a wheelchair, Mildred has not been able to play baseball for a couple of decades.
Wish of a Lifetime and Brookdale Senior Living were excited to reconnect Meach with her love of baseball by having USA Women’s Baseball player Alex Fulmer come to her Brookdale community to talk with her about the game. Fulmer is the youngest player on the team and admits that, to this day, she still watches A League of Their Own on a daily basis and meeting Meach was a true honor. Meach was presented with a wooden bat that had her name engraved on it, a USA baseball jersey, a personalized trophy and a baseball display with pictures from her time in the league.
Photo Credits: Jude Harding with Genesis Group Photography