Rookie of the Year (1973)

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ABC Afterschool Special opened its second season with one of its most popular and best-beloved efforts. Eleven-year-old Jodie Foster stars as Sharon Lee, a peppery young baseball enthusiast who lands a spot on her brother's all-male Little League team. Despite Sharon's talent and enthusiasm, she runs up against the stone wall of gender prejudice. But by the time we've reached the last of the ninth, everyone has learned a valuable lesson -- especially the boys! The script for the Emmy-winning Rookie of the Year was written by Gloria Banta, of The Mary Tyler Moore Show fame.