Katie B. James
Katie B. James, a 1953 member of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, as depicted in the 1992 movie "A League of Their Own", and baseball hall of fame inductee passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, at her home on the Wildcat Mountain in Tamaqua, at the age of 85.
Widow of Paul C. James Sr., who passed away on Nov. 2, 2013, she is survived by sons, Paul C. James Jr., with whom she resided, and Keith R. James Sr., and his wife, LeeAnn, of Tamaqua; grandchildren, Keith R. James Jr., William Paul James and Eric Charles James; great-grandchildren, Brady and Bay James; sisters; Oletta Aikens and Alma Ray Gilreath; and brother, Art Herring.
Born Tuesday, July 11, 1933, in Friendship, Oklahoma, a daughter of the late William D. and Beryl (Martin) Herring. She was also predeceased by sisters, Lorena Lockwood, Juanita Dishman, Onetta Faye Wilks, Wilma Cates and Jean Laughery; and brothers, Bill and Rodney Herring.
A graduate of Friendship High School, Katie began playing professional baseball immediately after completing her senior year in high school. She played outfield for the Grand Rapids Chicks in 1953, batting right. She was also an accomplished basketball player.
She married her husband of 59 years in 1954 and accompanied Paul during his 21 years of service to our country as a Master Sgt. in the United States Air Force.
This past summer Kate attended the 75th anniversary of the AAGPBL in Kansas City, MO. Weekly, she answered fan mail and sent autographed pictures of her baseball card.
Proud of her Indian heritage, Kate enjoyed gardening and her annual summer pilgrimage to New Hampshire to visit family.
Service: A Remembrance Service will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in the E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., 655 E. Broad St., Tamaqua. Friends may call Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.
Memorials in her name to: Disabled American Veterans
, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, Kentucky 41076-1712. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.griffithsfuneralhomes.com