SO SANDY DOTY didn't make the team, after all. The 15-year-old would-be second basewoman for the McLean High School (boys) baseball team has just been dropped from the junior varsity squad. Miss Doty had been working for four years to achieve her goal. She had trained and practiced and played and tried very hard. And, not incidentally, she had also been the one who pressed the Fairfax County school board to permit her (and other females) to try out and play for the boys' teams. She had done that by invoking the 1972 amendment to the civil-rights act that she rightly believed guaranteed her an opportunity, anyway, to have a whack at it.
Sandy Doty is believed to have been the first female in the area allowed to try out for a high school baseball team. "I know girls are supposed to play softball," she said at the hearing in March when she urged the board to let her have a chance. "But I want to play baseball . . . I think I can work just as hard as the guys." What happened? it was finally just a matter of physical strength. It was certainly not a matter of stamina - or heart. On those grounds she would have made it. Varsity baseball coach Dave Reeves observed: "She's a super girl but she just wasn't strong enough to play a boys game." Junior varsity coach Bill Kagarise elaborated: "I hit decent grounders at her and she fieled pretty good. She wasn't afraid of the ball. But she couldn't make the throw to home from second base and she could not get the bat around. She wasn't bitter when she was cut. She came right out and started keeping score."
The negatives tell the positive story: She may not have been strong enough, but she also wasn't afraid and - she got cut - she wasn't bitter. Tell us a story you've heard lately about more style or class or grace that the displayed by this 15-year-old sportswoman who accepted her hugh appointment with the statement: "I worked hard, but all's fair in love and baseball."