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Schmidt heading U.S. Professional Softball League

Updated: November 6, 2002, 3:35 PM ET
Associated Press

Well before he blossomed into a baseball Hall of Famer, Mike Schmidt took his swings in another sport.

"I played a ton of softball as a kid," he said. "Down at the playground, that's what you did. I think we were all weaned on softball."

Now Schmidt is returning to the roots of those days in Dayton, Ohio. He is the commissioner of the United States Professional Softball League, a slow-pitch circuit that plans to go nationwide starting next spring.

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