Girls Who Play Baseball – New York Times

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Jessica Mendoza when she was on the United States Olympic softball team in 2008. She is now ESPN’s first female baseball analyst.

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To the Editor:

Re “Baseball Is for Girls,” by Doug Glanville (Sunday Review, July 30):

I’m 74 years old; my Rawlings baseball glove with a hardball in its pocket sits on a shelf near my front door, and I use it several times during the summer.

I’ve been playing baseball since I was a child, mostly with neighborhood boys. I was better than most of them, but girls weren’t allowed to play for Little League back then, a real deprivation.

I’m heartened by the number of women who are now baseball analysts and announcers. Perhaps women will start playing in the major leagues soon, too. One of my father’s proudest moments was when, on a 3-2 count, I hit a grand slam at a hotly competitive summer camp game. He was the ump. He was still crowing decades later!

NINA KRAUT, WASHINGTON

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