My daughter, Brenda Marie Sims (1964-....), was an athlete at a young age.
One day in 1976, at the age of 12, she came home from school and asked if she could join a little league baseball team. At that age she was a little bigger than most of the boys.
I checked into it. I was told there had never been a girl play in the league in Austin, Texas. I asked if there was rule against it. They said they guessed not, but didn't seem real happy about it.
So, Brenda went to the try-outs. One team reluctantly chose her in the last round of the draft..
I recall sitting in the stands watching her play. Others around didn't really know who I was. Some would yell out "go home and play with your dolls" and other such comments.
However, when Brenda excelled, the moods changed some. She actually became the teams best starting pitcher. And those early critics actually began to cheer for her.
There was a newspaper article written about her at the end of the season.
Below is a photo of her in uniform.