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Former baseball pro visits Tyler

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The Tyler Public Library celebrated their 10th anniversary of its American Girl Reading Club with tea, a fashion show and an American girl who played professional baseball in the 1950s.

According to Jeneane Lesko, girls can do anything boys do, and she proved that by becoming one of the first professional female baseball players in America.

"Bases were loaded, there were two outs and he put me in to pitch," said Jeneane Lesko, who played professional women's baseball.

From 1953 to 1954, Jeneane was a pitcher for the Grand Rapids Chicks of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, the league that inspired the movie, "A League of Their Own."

"We can be anything we want to be. It may be a struggle because you're a girl, but if you're going to want to be at the top it shouldn't be a difference between a boy or a girl; it should be between who can do it the best," said Jeneane.

For local dad Michael Sessions, that's exactly what the American Girl books teach his daughters.

"They help the girls realize how important they are; it shows them that they can do so much and just because they're girls doesn't mean that they're limited by any means," said Sessions, who took his daughters to the American Girl Reading Club event.

At the end of the day, Jeneane just hopes the girls went home with one message.

"I would like to make it more important in every child's life to find happiness and health in the simple things in life," said Jeneane.

Jeneane now serves on the board of the All- American Girls Professional Baseball League, and promotes women's baseball for future generations.

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