1918 - 2020
PRATT, Mary Age 101, of Quincy, MA, passed away peacefully on May 6th at John Scott nursing facility in Braintree, MA. Daughter of William Y. Pratt and Daisy Pratt (Gore). Sister of William R. Pratt and Donald Pratt. Aunt of Walter Pratt of Quincy, MA and Susan Pratt of East Falmouth, MA. Mary was born in Bridgeport, CT and raised in Quincy, MA. She was a graduate of North Quincy HS in 1936 and Boston University in 1940. After graduating from BU, she enjoyed a 46 year teaching and coaching career with 42 years in Quincy Public Schools. In 1943, Mary became a member of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, playing for the Rockford Peaches and Kenosha Comets from 1943-1947. She was inducted into the New England Sports Museum, Boston University Hall of Fame and Boston Garden Hall of Fame. Mary retired from her teaching position in Quincy in 1986. During her career in education and through retirement, Mary was very passionate about the advancement of women in sports. The teacher in her never stopped, long after she retired, she kept busy by accepting invitations to meet and speak with groups about her experiences associated with the AAGPBL and her great love of the game. Mary was not only a strong advocate for women's sports, she fiercely championed women's leadership in all areas and embraced helping people succeed. While she was appreciative of the numerous awards in baseball, she was driven by any opportunity to coach children and young adults. Her greatest joy was helping her students believe they could succeed and instilling a healthy dose of competitive spirit. She learned from them, and they could not help but learn from her. A private Service and Burial was held for Mary at the Mt. Wollaston Cemetery in Quincy on May 8th.

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kathy Channell
May 13, 2020
I remember Mary Pratt as a basketball referee when I was playing at Norwell High School, MA back in 1957-1961. When I saw Mary come into the gym in her stripped referee uniform, I knew the game would be called very fairly and efficiently. She'd let me know quickly and quietly during a game sometimes, if I was getting into foul problems! My coach was Mrs. Mary Knapp who I believe graduated with Mary P. from BU in 1943.
Thank you for all you did for the girls.
Kathy Channell
May 13, 2020
Well done, Mary!
Mary Riemann
May 12, 2020
I have great memories of Mary! She was one of my Aunt Ginny's best friends and they often took me and my sisters to the beach and set up Olympic courses and let us win medals. She was a great story teller and I treasure the signed baseball card she gave me the last time I saw her. RIP ❤
Joanne (Lovett) Folan
May 10, 2020
Mary was an inspiration to all that knew her. I am proud to say Mary was a friend and teaching colleague of mine in the Quincy Public Schools.I enjoyed her quick wit and infectious smile. Her life was a home run.
Rest in peace Mary.
Coach Joe Amorosino
Coach Joe Amorosino
May 10, 2020
Sympathy for the family on the loss of Mary Pratt. A great lady of class and inspiration to us all. She's now the starting pitcher for the Angels in Heaven.
robert suleski
May 10, 2020
I'm very sorry for the loss of Ms. Pratt. I was her letter carrier when she lived on Quincy Shore Drive, we had many many chats and boy could she tell a story! What a life!
Lisa Donnelly
May 10, 2020
Many years ago I had the pleasure of speaking with Mary by phone. Maddy English who played for the Racine Belles was my former gym teacher in the 60s and a dear friend.
Maddy would tell me all about the AAGPBL reunions. After one reunion, she surprised me with the AAGPBL watch and a baseball autographed by Mary and others.
They are probably throwing the ball around again.
May Mary rest in peace with the angels in Heaven.
God Bless you.
christine Falzarano
May 9, 2020
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