Little Leaguer Threw Out First pitch Saturday

The defending National League West Division Champion Los Angeles Dodgers announced that 11-year old pitcher Katie Brownell, who threw a perfect game in May, striking out all 18 batters in leading her Dodgers team to an 11-0 victory over the Yankees in a New York Little League game, would throw out the first pitch on WIN (Women's Initiative & Network) Fan Appreciation Day this Saturday, Aug. 13.

Brownell, the only female in the Oakfield-Alabama Little League program, became an overnight sensation after her big game, appearing on such programs as NBC's "The Today Show," and featured in national headlines in the New York Times, USA Today, Newsday and ESPN.com, among other outlets. Additionally, Brownell was recently honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for her achievements in a July ceremony in Cooperstown, New York. Her perfect game jersey is on display in the Museum's recently-opened Today's Game exhibit, and will become a part of the Women in Baseball exhibit or Youth Baseball exhibit, when both are redesigned and rededicated in 2006.

"We are thrilled to honor Katie's accomplishments and her recognition by the Baseball Hall of Fame by having her throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium," said Dodger Vice Chairman Jamie McCourt. "We felt her participation in WIN Fan Appreciation Day was especially fitting given that our program's mission is to encourage more female fans to get involved and educated about baseball. Katie's feat helps to further illustrate that you don't have to be male to be a part of baseball."

In addition to throwing out the first pitch, Brownell, her parents, and five siblings visited Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood, compliments of the Dodgers and their partnership with the two popular Southern California amusement parks.

The Dodger WIN program is focused on providing women of all ages and backgrounds with special access to the baseball experience through events and ongoing programs including clinics, seminars, and forums involving Dodger players, coaches and staff. WIN also takes an active role in promoting community involvement and educational programs, and gives women invaluable professional and social networking opportunities.

WIN Fan Appreciation Day features a ticket discount promotion and prizes for current and new WIN members that will be redeemable at Dodger Stadium on Saturday. All current WIN members, and those wishing to enroll, can visit the WIN Fan Appreciation Day table behind reserve aisle 11 A to receive a bonus gift including Dodger hand bags, DVDs and other promotional items. Prospective WIN members can learn more about upcoming events, and register online by visiting the Community/WIN section of www.dodgers.com.

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