08/13/2014 09:49 am ET

Girls In Little League World Series Become Less Of A Novelty

Michael S. Wirtz/The Philadelphia Inquirer

Coinciding with Little League Baseball’s 75th anniversary, the backdrop for its World Series that commences Thursday in Williamsport, Pa., are two other milestones. Both relate to gender.

Forty years ago, the New Jersey State Supreme Court upheld a ruling that allowed girls to play Little League Baseball. A discrimination lawsuit had been brought by the National Organization for Women on behalf of Maria Pepe, a 12-year-old from Hoboken, N.J., who had been banished by her league when opposing teams protested.

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