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July-11-97

Women's Baseball League Begins First Season

Sports fans who attend UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium on July 12 at 7:00 p.m. will watch skilled baseball players pitch breaking balls, make double plays, and hit grand slams. And these talented athletes will be women. For the first time in about half a century, a professional women's baseball league is beginning its season. San Diego stockbroker Mike Ribant formed the California-based Ladies League Baseball Association and hopes to expand it from its present membership of 5 teams to 12, 6 on each coast, by next year. The Los Angeles Legends will play the Long Beach Aces in Saturday's game. Legends player Mimi Hall commented, "It's only when I see the practice gear that it all starts to sink in. I get in the dugout and suddenly think, 'I'm here because I'm a professional athlete.'"

Media Resources: Los Angeles Times - July 11, 1997