For more information, e-mail info stunt3. In addition to the film screening, the event will also feature an appearance by Carolyn King, the pioneering baseball player from Ypsilanti whose lawsuit convinced Little League to drop its boys-only policy that year. Carolyn will answer questions from the audience following the showing, and will also be available for autographs and photographs after the show. Carolyn was the most famous little girl in America in the summer of , as her story played out on the evening news and on the front page of every newspaper in the country. She was just looking to play baseball when she tried out for the Ypsilanti American Little League that spring, but started making waves when she beat out several boys to win a spot on the Orioles. When the Orioles played their first game on May 11, , the event was covered by national news crews from CBS and NBC, along with a host of other reporters from around the country. In — thanks to Carolyn King of Ypsilanti — girls were able to legally play Little League baseball for the first time.
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Baseball movies are simply great and anyone who has ever watched Bang the Drum Slowly or The Natural know exactly what Baseball Almanac is talking about. Listed below in chronological order is a list of every major motion picture where baseball is featured in the film or where one of the primary actors was a baseball player. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It's been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past. It reminds us of all that once was good, and what could be again. Did we forget an oldie? Did we miss a recent release?
The blockbuster centers on the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and the women who took over "America's pastime" when their male counterparts were in the war. ABC News spoke to one of the players from that era, Jeneane "Jeanie" Lesko, who played in the last two seasons of the all-women's league and was there when Hollywood came calling with actresses like Madonna, Geena Davis and Rosie O'Donnell to tell the story of U. Lesko joined the league a few years after the Second World War ended but she still got to know many of the athletes that had been there before, hear their stories and experience what it was like to play in the league. She has also helped to keep the memories of those female baseball players alive in the years since. Lesko, who was a pitcher with the Grand Rapids Chicks still works with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League's players association and travels the country promoting the game she loves and inspiring young women. Lesko, originally from Lakeview, Ohio, was a senior in high school in and a bat girl for the local men's team when she was told women were still playing professional baseball.