Women's baseball franchises limited to cities of less then 200,000 residents
'•'' FEMALE BASEBALL LOOP RESTRICTS FRANCHISES AP Newsfeatures CHICAGO—Feminine charm- on the baseball field, at least— has its limitations. The All-American girls' professional professional baseball league, drawing plans for its third season of operation, operation, has restricted franchises to cities of not more than 200,000 population. . "It's hard to explain," declares league .president Max Carey after the circuit had brushed* Minneapolis Minneapolis and Milwaukee off its membership list, "but the girls seem to lose crowd appeal in cities larger than 200,000;' ; The ideal size city, he explains, are communities like Rockford, 111., South Bend, Ind., and Racine and Kenosha^in Wisconsin, the four charter cities in the league. "Those towns seem to offer the kind of community spirit we need to make this kind of league operate," operate," Carey declares. "Girls' baseball, the way we play it, isn't exhibitionism. It's a live-wire game performed by the best play- ers In the United States and 'Canada. 'Canada. 11 • . • • ' ' ' Each club has *a chaperone, Carey explains, and she sees'to it that the players • conduct themselves themselves like ladies on and off 'the field. The players, themselves, are from 24 states and five provinces in Canada and receive from $40 to $85 a week. They, do not hold part-time Jobs, devoting all their attention to baseball ,llke big- leaguers. • . Their .game is a feminine- version version of real baseball, although it has such softball . features as a large ball-and under«-harid pitching, pitching, The bases, however, are 68 ieet apart anU the pitcher's box "is 40 feet from home plate, and there are 'only nine players compared compared with 10 in softball.