1973 : Carolyn King of Ypsilanti, First Girl to Play in Little League

May 8, 2023 all-day


On May 8, 1973, Carolyn King of Ypsilanti became the first girl to play in the Little League. Little League officials then took away the local charter, and the city of Ypsilanti filed a sex-discrimination suit in response. The U.S. Division of Civil Rights ordered the Little League to drop its boys-only policy. Since 1973, more than 5 million girls have played Little League.

For more information, see Carolyn King wikipedia entry

The Girl in Centerfield Film Clip

The Girl in Centerfield

The Girl in Centerfield available from the MSU Library.

1973 CBS National News

2009 Ceremonial First Pitch

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