Scheana Shay shared sad news with fans. The ‘Vanderpump Rules’ star announced that her famous great aunt Shirley Burkovich has passed away.
Burkovich was a member of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) from 1949 to 1951 and a founding member of the Rockford Peaches. Her team’s story inspired the 1992 Penny Marshall film “A League of Their Own” in which she had a cameo appearance.
The legendary athlete, who played all positions except catcher during her baseball career, died on March 31, 2022 at the age of 89. according to MLB.com.
Burkovich has been an advocate for women’s sports all her life. After her death, a tweet of the International Women’s Baseball Center said: “We are heartbroken by the sad news that our friend Shirley Burkovich passed away today. Shirley was founding director of the IWBC, [a] passionate supporter of girls in sports and one of the most loveable people to call a friend. We love you, Shirley, now and forever.”
The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League also posted a levy to Burkovich.
Scheana shared photos of her aunt Shirley on Instagram
In a post on her Instagram storyScheana shared the news that her famous aunt passed away. She captioned a photo of her aunt: “Heaven got a legend from an angel today. Aunt Shirley, I will miss you so much.”
The “Vanderpump Rules” star also shared recent photos of Burkovich with their baby daughter, Summer Moon, who was born in April 2012. “Grateful for these memories with @summermoon,” Scheana wrote.
A video clip showed Burkovich throwing a ball to Baby Summer in a ball pit. “So thankful that Summer got to play tag with you!” Scheana wrote of the women’s pro baseball legend. “Palm Springs won’t be the same without you.”
She snapped another picture of Summer wearing a baseball t-shirt that Aunt Shirley gave her. “I’m so happy you got to see Summer in her Aunt Shirley shirt!” Scheana wrote, adding, “For those who don’t know, she was with the Rockford Peaches and starred in the movie ‘A League of Their Own! ‘ with.
Scheana also shared a link to her late aunt’s guest spot her podcast Scheananigans with Scheana Shay.in which she discussed her groundbreaking baseball career.
Scheana spoke about her aunt Shirley on a 2020 episode of Vanderpump Rules
In a 2020 episode of “Vanderpump Rules,” Scheana spoke about her Aunt Shirley during a softball game between the staff of Tom Tom and SUR. In the episode, Scheana revealed that she had baseball experience thanks to her famous aunt. Scheana also revealed that she played baseball and softball herself, starting as a kid through high school, and her long fingernails were no problem for her when she hit the pitcher’s mound.
Scheana also revealed her aunt’s influence in a play “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me.” for us weekly.
“My great-aunt Shirley was a member of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League with the Rockford Peaches,” she wrote, adding, “I was the only girl on the all-boys baseball team for four years.”
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