Rose Marie (Folder) Powell, who played one season in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League featured in the movie “A League of Their Own,” died at home in Carnation on July 3. She was 88.
Powell, known as Rosie, was a pitcher-outfielder for the Kenosha Comets in 1944 after she graduated from high school in Springfield, Ill. She played semipro baseball from about the age of 13 and was discovered while playing for the Tungsten Sparks while working part-time at a sparkplug factory in Chicago in 1943.
Powell, who moved to Washington state in 1954, was honored with other women who played in the league in an exhibit at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., after the movie’s release in 1992. She also was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in her hometown of Springfield.
Powell, a passionate Mariners fan, still received requests from fans to autograph her baseball cards.