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A Whole New Ballgame: Seventy-five years ago, when many pro baseball players went off to war, female ballplayers stepped up to the plate.
In May 1943, Betsy Jochum stepped onto the diamond at Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs. She and nearly 300 other women from across the United States and Canada had been invited to try out for the first professional baseball league for women.
"Women playing on Wrigley Field--could you imagine that?" says Jochum, now 97.
Not many people could imagine that 75 years ago, when a woman's place was supposed to be in the home, not playing pro sports. But America's entry into...
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