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Reader's Digest featuring Plant City Little Leaguer goes on sale

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Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 01:01 PM
PLANT CITY -

A Reader's Digest story that includes a short profile of Plant City Little League pitcher Chelsea Baker has hit the newsstands.

A photo of Chelsea Baker holding a baseball spreads across two pages at the introduction to the magazine's Best of America feature. The list helps celebrate "all that's right and good in America," an intro to the Best of America list states.

The profile on the 13-year-old includes a mockup of a baseball card with her name and stats, including the two perfect games she has thrown.

The feature said that Chelsea often hears taunts that she should play girls softball: "Chelsea, a strikeout artist with a mean knuckleball, has found an effective retort to the catcalls, although she usually let's the umpire do the talking: 'Strike three!'''

Chelsea shares a spot on the list of America's best with a Georgia man who passed up a chance to play for the New York Jets to keep his job with a railroad and help his parents, among others.

The feature in Reader's Digest was the latest in many accolades for the Turkey Creek Middle School eighth-grader.

Last week, The White House Project presented an EPIC Award to Ben Houser, senior producer of ESPN E:60's "A League of Her Own," for his segment on Chelsea that heralded her as perhaps the nation's best Little League pitcher. Chelsea was in New York for the awards presentation, which was made by actress Geena Davis.

Last year, she appeared on CNN, "Good Morning America" and was a SportsKids of the month on a Sports Illustrated website. The jersey she wore during an April 9, 2010 perfect game is on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Chelsea learned how to throw the knuckleball from one of the most heralded masters of the pitch, Joe Niekro, who moved to Plant City after his retirement from the majors and coached youth baseball here.
Chelsea spent two years learning the pitch from Niekro, who died in 2006.

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