Little League gets 1st woman as board chair

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Associated Press

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 17 at 3:06 PM

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Little League Baseball has a woman leading its Board of Directors decades after girls were first officially allowed to play ball.

Davie Jane Gilmour, president of the Pennsylvania College of Technology, took over as chair in November. She took part in one of her first responsibilities connected to the Little League World Series after drawing team names last week to set up the opening matchups for the tournament that starts in August.

Girls were first formally allowed to play Little League baseball in 1974, though the first girl to actually play Little League was Kathryn Johnston in 1950 in Corning, N.Y.

Gilmour says taking over as chair was a natural fit because of her connections to the Williamsport area, education — and that she happens to be a woman.

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