In this episode of the StoryCorps podcast, we kick off baseball season by hearing from Kay “Tubby” Johnston Massar, the first girl to play Little League baseball back in the 1950s. Plus, two girls playing Little League today — Jane Littleton and Reilly McCaffery — react to Tubby’s story.
Top photo: Cy Massar and Kay Johnston Massar at their StoryCorps interview in San Francisco.
Second photo: Jane Littleton pitching for the Brooklyn Bulldogs for the Baseball for All tournament. Courtesy of Alice Cheng.
Bottom photo: Reilly McCaffery catches while her brother, Finn, is at bat during a Little League game. Courtesy of Kevin McCaffery.
Released on March 30, 2018.
Like the music in this episode? Support the artists:
“Coronea” by Blue Dot Sessions from the album Marisala
“Send Off” by Explosions In The Sky & David Wingo from the album Prince Avalanche: An Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
“Baseball Baseball” by Jane Morgan from the album Baseball’s Greatest Hits – Let’s Play II
“Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio” by Les Brown & His Orchestra from the album Baseball’s Greatest Hits
“Baseball Boogie” by Mabel Scott from the album Baseball: A Film By Ken Burns – Original Soundtrack Recording
“Take Me Out To The Ballgame” by Steve Goodman from the album Affordable Art
“Smokie Part 2” by Bill Black’s Combo from the album Smokie
“Take Me Out To The Ballgame” by King Curtis from the album Baseball: A Film By Ken Burns – Original Soundtrack Recording