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Women step up to the plate for vintage baseball

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- What do women across three generations have in common? A love for the game!

A famous 90's film is one of the first to feature women playing ball. It's a fictional story of the first female profession baseball team in the 1940's.

A group in New Albany is taking the game back even further to the 19th century, forming a league of their own.

"New Albany has a very rich history of baseball that goes all the way back to the 1860's so we thought it was a perfect fit to bring vintage baseball games here," said organizer Barbara Zoller.

"I didn't know about women playing baseball back then either so that really got me interested as well," said vintage baseball player, Betsy Starkey.

The hurlers and strikers take to the field to play some old-time baseball using rules from the 1860's -- not long after the game was invented. 

"We're not allowed to show ankle, we're not allowed to show any leg we're not allowed to show our neck, this is about as scandalous as it gets with the forearm," said 22-year old Julie Schubert.

These women are getting ready to compete in a vintage baseball game as part of New Albany's Bicentennial celebration. But they had to learn some new rules before they step up to the plate.

The bases are 90 feet apart, as opposed to modern baseball standards of 60 feet. A ball can also be caught on a bounce for an out. But it's not just the rules that are different, it's the terminology too.

"It's really different to get used to but once you start playing you see the similarities it's kind of cool to see how it grew and what changed from year to year," said Schubert.

The vintage baseball games start at 11:00am Saturday morning at Binford Park in New Albany. The women's team plays at 12:45. The event is free and open to the public.

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