Sport: One of the Boys

This ten-year-old baseball captain had the same problem that plagued many of his elders: he needed a good lefthand pitcher, a hot infielder and a power hitter. In Denver, or anywhere else, such a trio is hard to find. But suddenly the captain's furrowed brow unfurrowed, and he snapped his fingers. His neighbor, "Al" Hessel, aged 9, could pitch, field and bat with the best of his teammates. Al was the triple threat he was looking for. There was only one drawback: Al was a girl.

There was nothing in the league rules against girls...

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