Women's baseball transitions further to men's baseball regulations to draw bigger crowds, 1954

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Aus- C2h- 4-yer-olds two- 20 $25.- Girl Softball Stars Finish Transition to Pro's Status (AP Newsfeatureil ROCKFORD, 111. The American American Girls Baseball League, founded 12 years ago by Phil Wrigley and Branch Rickey as a four - team professional sottball circuit, has completed its gradual transition to baseball as played in the major leagues. Regulation nine Inch men's baseball went into use for the first time July 1. Since 1951, the league had operated operated under men's rules except for three important modifications a special 10-inch 10-inch 10-inch baseball, 72-foot 72-foot 72-foot base paths, and a 55-foot 55-foot 55-foot pitchers mound. Now the only difference Is In the base paths, which are 85 feet instead of 90 as in men s ball. The mound Is 60 feet, 6 inches from the plate, just as in the majors. The girls, who come from all parts of the United States, Canada, Canada, and, naturally, Cuba, have taken to the new game with real enthusiasm and ability. It's too early for conclusions, but early play has been sold and varied. In the new ball's first game here, the Rockford Peaches one of two remaining original fran chises and Kalamazoo (Mich.) Lassies played an errorless game during which there was good clutch pitching but the hitters ruled with 11 runs on 26 hits, in cluding four homers. In contrast, one night later Rockford's Marie Mansfield a beauty from Boston hurled a 5-3 5-3 5-3 four-hitter four-hitter four-hitter at the Lassies, allowing allowing only one base runner (on a walk) during the last seven innings innings after a shaky start. Observers agree the game Is snappier, more Interesting, and more exciting. But the real decision decision on its worth must come at the gate. Falling attendance, which has threatened the AGBL with bank ruptcy, forced the changeover. Now the new game must savj the league financially thru gat appeal or the girls will be thru. Before introduction of the pre- pre- vious 10-inch 10-inch 10-inch ball in 1951, the AGBL had used balls of 12 (1943) HVfe (1946), 11 (1947), 101-4 101-4 101-4 (1948). and 103b (1949) inches. Sidearmed pitching was introduced in 194G and overhand pitching came two years later. The AGBL, which previously had operated with four (six, eight, Catcher Ruth Richard of All-American All-American All-American Girls' Baseball League fondles the new regulation regulation men's baseball which the league now uses. and 10 teams at various times, now operates under a unique five-team five-team five-team setup. Schedule difficulties are met by mixed doubleheaders, during which the home team meets two separate visitors. Along with Rockford and Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, other franchises are held in South Bend, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., and Grand Rapids, Mich. South Bend is the other charter member. a

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  1. Asbury Park Press,
  2. 01 Aug 1954, Sun,
  3. Page 20

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