Great article on girl players in the LL World Series http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Little+...
VANCOUVER — Stefanie Polman-Tuin had never heard of Kathryn Johnston. So it’s only fair then that Justine Faubert had never heard of Polman-Tuin.
Johnston holds the distinction of being the first girl to play Little League baseball. The year was 1950 and the then-12-year-old first baseman tucked her long brown locks under her ball cap, adopted the name ’Tubby’ and proceeded to make the King’s Dairy Little League team in Corning, New York.
It wasn’t until two weeks later that Johnston bashfully admitted the truth to her coach. Word soon got out and while she played the rest of the season, her participation produced the ’Tubby Rule’ prohibiting girls from playing in Little League until 1973, when the Superior Court upheld a ruling by the New Jersey Civil Rights Division leading to the organization’s admittance of the fairer sex into its programs.
The historic verdict meant Polman-Tuin, nee Davidson, didn’t have to resort to such chicanery.
Still, the Trail, B.C., native should be equally lauded for being the first girl to not only compete at the Canadian Little League Championship, but pitch as well. Polman-Tuin tossed a scoreless game in the round-robin portion of the 1985 tournament to help B.C. advance to the championship final, where it lost 3-1 to Ontario, with her at the mound. To be fair, Trail committed four errors in the game and they all led to Glanbrook runs.
Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Little+Lea...