Judge who broke Little League gender barrier passes away

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The judge whose ruling broke Little League baseball's gender barrier back in 1973 has passed away after a prolonged bout with an unnamed lymphoma.

According to the obit published by Philly.com, Sylvia Pressler had just been appointed to her first judgeship in 1973 when she ruled that a 12 year old Hoboken, NJ girl had as much a right to play Little League baseball as a boy did.

League officials appealed her ruling but lost, opening the way in 1974 for New Jersey to become the first state to prohibit sex discrimination at the Little League baseball level.

Pressler was 75.

By Ross Bonander

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