Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 13, 1976 · Page 161
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 161

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 13, 1976
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CONTINUED when he isn't working ball games, says that neither the boys nor the girls in jhe league question his decisions very often. "But I have to be careful," he says. "Last game a batter was crowding the plate, so I said, 'Step back, fella.' Then I saw it was a girl. From now on I'll say, 'Step back, person.'" Most of the officials connected with both the White Plains and Great Neck leagues agree that girls are at their best in leagues where competitive pressures are low. In both leagues, every child on the team is guaranteed at least a couple of innings of play, no matter how they perform. Girls like Tracy Silva have been known to make winning hits, but they also make their share--or a little more--of strikeouts and errors. A familiar cry from the boys when a girl comes to bat is: "Get a walk! Wait him out!" Marilyn Pinzur, 10, who plays third base and left field for the Jewish War Veterans team in the White Plains league, says proudly: "I love to bunt-that's my favorite hit." John Relkin, 16-year-old coach of the B and C Service Station team in White Plains, who has two girl players on his squad, is a strong defender of their place in the game. "Some are good and some aren't," says John. "I'll say one thing for them, though--some of them work at it and get better. I wish more boys did that." Dr. George Strieker, a professor of psychology at Adelphi University and-equally important--assistant coach of the Green Hornets team of the Great Neck league, says: "The kids are rated by their peers strictly according to how they play. The girl who is good gets encouragement.and praise. The girl who can't play so well is treated no worse than a boy who can't." Psychologically sound Dr. Strieker thinks that playing Little League baseball is a fine thing for girls from a psychological standpoint. "Ifs a good opportunity for them to do something that is not a typically female role," he says. "And it's good for boys to see them doing something that they didn-'t think they could do. If there is a problem, it comes from parents who try to push them into it. Parents should never force a girl to play Little League bail- or a boy, either." One effect of the girls' entry into Little League play has been to bring more and more mothers--and even grandmothers--into the stands. "I'd never seen a baseball game until my ies//e Kay, 8, of Great Neck's Green Hornets, gets pre-game batting tips. daughter Kim joined the league," confesses Paulette Pomeranz of White Plains. Tracy Silva's mother has been coming to watch her play while her father, Gil Silva, has been attending games played by her older brother, Todd. Now, Mr. and Mrs. Silva have been thinking of switching off--her father wants to see Tracy play, too. Out in Great Neck, Mr. and Mrs. Mel Kay travel regularly from Rye, N.Y., to see their granddaughter Leslie patrol the outfield for the Green Hornets. Says Mr. Kay: "It's wonderful to see these girls play. They're good athletes and think a lot clearer in the clinches than boys." Do girls have a future as ballplayers? With only two full seasons of organized play behind them, it's a little too early · to tell. But Joe Wray, who has been watching the girls' performance in the White Plains league, sees a tendency for girls to drop out as they get older. "From about 8 to 10 they can play baseball on an equal basis with many of the boys," he says. "But they seem to lose interest at about 11 or 12. The boys tend to get noticeably stronger about that age and play markedly better. Few girls come out for the older teams." Nevertheless, some of today's girl players today seem determined to last in baseball as long as Casey Stengel. Says Alexandra Schultheis of Allenwood Park's Phantom Jets, as she taps her glove and shifts her bubblegum to the other cheek: "I'd like to play in the big leagues and be a mother at the same time. Then I could take my kids to the game to see me play." Nobody around Allenwood Park is betting she won't make it. Give a shaver his choice: Choice of temperature. SHanrer Choice has letsa^hayerdiarthe ternp^rature^of His lather from hot to i even hotter Choiceof creams and Jets a:shay^r ; chpose from ; jdyer 30 leadihg;creams ' ' ' ' : Choice of after-shave . iChpjce-lpliiSrfidispenser ^l|ts a ishayerchbse'his

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