How the Little League Gender Barrier Was Broken

In 1950, 11-year-old Tommy Johnston tried out for Little League in Corning, New York. His sister, Kathryn, wanted to try out, too—but girls were barred from Little League at the time. Undeterred, Kathryn had her mother cut off her long braids, wore some of her brother’s clothes, and told coaches her name was Tubby (taking the name from a character in Little Lulu comics).