AMERICAN NOTES: The Lady Ump

Last week the New York State Court of Appeals batted 1.000 for Women's Lib by affirming the right of Mrs. Bernice Gera, a Queens housewife, to employment as a professional baseball umpire. Two years ago Mrs. Gera won a contract to serve as an umpire in the Class A New York-Pennsylvania League. But before she could harness up to call her first game, her contract was declared "disapproved and invalid" by Phillip Piton, president of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues.

At that point, Mrs. Gera complained: "I guess I just can't get to first base. It's a strikeout, but...

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