“The Girl in Centerfield” hit the big screen on June 10, as the first viewing of the film took place at the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti, Mich. The true-story film chronicles the historic struggle of Carolyn King, a 12-year-old girl from Ypsilanti who paved the way for girls to play Little League back in 1973.


The tomboy in pigtails simply wanted to play baseball when she tried out for a spot in the Ypsilanti American Little League that year, but she quickly found herself at the center of a national firestorm. Carolyn’s story was front-page news in the summer of 1973 - Walter Cronkite reported about her on the CBS Evening News; every newspaper in the country was flooded with letters to the editor; angry town meetings were held.


“The Girl in Centerfield” follows Carolyn’s battle from start to finish, as the national furor over her case resulted in Little League International dropping its boys-only policy in 1974.


The audience at the Riverside Arts Center gave the film rave reviews at a Q&A session that followed the screening, saying it’s an inspirational and fascinating film that will appeal to a wide range of people.