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The Woman Who (Maybe) Struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig

"And 73 years later, women are STILL banned from playing professionally in Major League Baseball. [click on this image to find a short video and analysis exploring media representations of women in sports] Photo credit: Library of Congress"

This is Dorothy Kamenshek, a star player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League who helped inspire the lead character in the movie A League of Their Own. Kamenshek played first base for the Rockford (Ill.) Peaches from 1943 to 1951 and again in 1953, and finished among the league’s top 10 career batting leaders, with an average of .292. She was named one of the top 100 female athletes of the century by Sports Illustrated, winning batting titles by hitting .316 in 1946 and…