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Little Leaguer to Donate Jersey Worn During Perfect Game To National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 5, 2005) – Katie Brownell, possibly the first female to throw a perfect game in a Little League Baseball game, will donate on Thursday the jersey she wore during that game to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Miss Brownell, 11, pitching for the Dodgers, accomplished the feat on May 14 by striking out all 18 batters in an 11-0 win over the Yankees in the Oakfield-Alabama Little League. Oakfield, N.Y., is located in upstate New York, between Buffalo and Rochester.

To commemorate her achievement, Katie will donate her jersey as part of a ceremony to take place at 2 p.m. in the Education Gallery. The ceremony will be attended by Dale Petroskey, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum president. Katie’s jersey will be placed on display in the Museum’s Today’s Game exhibit, and will become part of the Women in Baseball exhibit or Youth Baseball exhibit.

“We are honored to be receiving Katie’s game jersey,” Jeff Idelson, vice president of communications and education for the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, said. “Katie’s accomplishment helps to further illustrate that you don’t have to be male to be a team leader in baseball. Her overall success in Little League demonstrates that baseball gives boys and girls a fair and equal opportunity to both play and be very successful. Her story helps connect the dots of the story of women in baseball dating back to Civil War times.”

In addition to the jersey donation, the Hall of Fame and Museum will host a roundtable discussion at 2:30 p.m. with Katie, Lance Van Auken, senior communications executive for Little League Baseball and Softball in Williamsport, Pa., and Maria Pepe of Hoboken, N.J., who as child challenged Little League’s rules forbidding girls from playing which eventually resulted in Little League admitting girls, and the creation of the Little League Softball program.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Labor Day. Ticket prices are: $14.50 for adults (13-over); $9 for seniors (65-over) and those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, and AMVets organizations; and $5 for juniors (ages 7-12). Children six years of age or younger, as well as active and retired card-carrying military personnel are admitted free.

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