THE GIRLS OF SUMMER
A tip of the cap to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., which on Saturday unveiled a permanent exhibit on women in baseball. The display pays tribute primarily to the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), which Cub owner Philip K. Wrigley founded in late 1942 as possible replacement fare in case major league play was suspended by WW II. The major leagues never shut down, but the AAGPBL lasted until '54, providing good, hard-nosed baseball that drew nearly a million paying fans in some years. One historical nugget provided by some of the 150 or so former AAGPBL players who gathered in Cooperstown for Saturday's festivities: In the mid-'40s at least two AAGPBL games were played at Wrigley Field at night, under temporary lights.
Ron Rothstein, coach of the Miami Heat, an NBA expansion team, was recently named Man of the Year by the North Miami Chamber of Commerce. At the time Rothstein had lived in the Miami area for two months.