Faye Katherine Dancer
(All the Way Faye, Tiger)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 6", Weight 145 lb.
Outfielder Faye Dancer was a star in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1944 to 1950. Nicknamed "All the Way Faye", she was the inspiration for the "All the Way Mae" character Madonna played in the 1992 film, A League of Their Own.
Dancer was the first player in the league to hit two home runs in one game, and she stole 108 bases in 1948. Her combination of athletic skills and good looks drew countless male admirers. Her baseball career was ended in 1950 due to a back injury.
Dancer played softball as a grade school student West Los Angeles. She signed with the league in 1944 and was a center fielder and a pitcher for the Minneapolis Millerettes, Fort Wayne Daisies, and Peoria Redwings. She stole 108 bases in 1948.
Dancer's fiancé was killed in World War II and she never married. In the offseason, she was an electronics technician for Hughes Aircraft. For 35 years, she worked for a power generator company in Santa Monica, CA. Shortly after being laid off from her job in 2000, she was diagnosed with cancer. She died at age 77 after cancer surgery.