Back in May 2014, I talked to Kay “Tubby” Johnston, who became, in 1950, the first girl to play Little League baseball
“I simply wanted to play the game that I loved,” she told me.
She played just that one summer. She was good, but when the season ended, she became the namesake of Little League’s national “Tubby Rule” which read in full:
“Girls Are Not Eligible Under Any Conditions.”
Girls were prohibited from playing Little League ball for the next 24 years until the courts overturned the ban.
My story and interview with Tubby Johnston can be found here.
On Friday, Johnston appeared on National Public Radio’s Story Corps, talking about her days as a Little Leaguer. You can listen here.
And, in March, Tubby’s story was turned into a children’s book Anybody’s Game, which you can find at your neighborhood bookstore or online.
Tubby Johnston’s story is a good one and Johnston, who is in her 80s, continues to be active in her community, reaching out to and inspiring young girls to do what they love. Just like she did.
Johnston’s story continues to be one of the most read posts on my site. That makes me happy.
(The Orioles terrible, horrible, no good, very bad weekend does not make me happy. I don’t want to talk about it.)