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Kathryn 'Tubby' Johnston in a league of her own

Originally Published: April 27, 2011
By Kathryn Bertine

In the spring of 1950, Tommy Johnston did what lots of 11-year-old boys did in Corning, N.Y.: He signed up for local Little League tryouts. His big sister, Kathryn, 12, decided to accompany him. But before they left the house, Kathryn had one request of their mother.

"I had two long braids, and I asked my mother to cut them off," she said. "I put on a pair of slacks and one of my brother's T-shirts. Then I tucked my new short hair up into a ball cap." When they arrived at the diamond, ...

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