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Female U.S. athletes still seek league of their own

Updated: August 11, 2004, 1:26 PM ET
By Sherry Skalko | ESPN.com

When were the last softball world championships held? How often is it held? Now, how many of you have heard of pitcher Jennie Finch?

Her blonde, good looks gained her personal publicity and allowed Finch to become a spokeswoman for U.S.A. softball when the sport needed it most. It wasn't a role she sought, but it's one she embraced because her sport recently had become an endangered species at the Olympics, possibly affecting the future of a professional league, as well.

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