Kurys, Sophie Mary
a pioneer for women, passed away February 17, 2013 at the age of 87. She signed her first baseball contract at age 17 to play second base for the Racine Belles (1943-1951). She was a native of Flint, Michigan, and was known as The Flint Flash. She was named All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Player of the year in 1946. Sophie was the greatest base stealer in the AAGPBL history. In 1986 she was inducted into the Greater Flint Area Sports Hall of Fame. She and all the other AAGPBL players were featured in Penny Marshall's movie "A League of Their Own" and are honored in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown NY. When Sophie left baseball she became vice president for Apex Machine Products, INC in Racine WI. Upon her retirement in 1972, Sophie moved to Scottsdale AZ. She enjoyed going to baseball games, golfing and spending time with her family. Sophie was the daughter of Antony and Antonina Kurys. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Mary Terry and Ann Gensel, brothers, Morris and John. Sophie is survived by Genevieve Kurys, her sister-in-law, numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral Mass will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday February 23, 2013 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 3801 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale AZ 85251. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to AAGPBL, My Sister's Place or Vista del Camino Food Bank. Arrangements entrusted to Messinger Mortuary in Scottsdale.