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Maria Pepe, Playing With the Boys

“When you’re 11 you just want to play ball, you’re not thinking ‘Oh, I’m gonna break a sex barrier for Little League.” 

 -Maria Pepe aarp.org


In 1972, there were not many opportunities for girls to play organized baseball until 12-year-old Maria Pepe came and changed everything by Breaking the gender Barrier. Her fight led to paving the way for hundreds of thousands of girls to play youth baseball today. 

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 Maria Pepe up to bat, theunsungheroines.com 

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"It never really mattered to me how many people knew my story as much as it did how many girls were playing."

Maria pepe, 2017 MAKERS Conference youtube.com

Izzy Moran

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