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Margaret Gisolo just wanted to play baseball. Little did she realize that playing baseball on the Blanford Cubs American Legion team would lead to a national controversy over a girl playing on a boys' team. Despite that, she was allowed to play and the Cubs won the Indiana American Legion championship in 1928. Margaret kept going. She played on girls' traveling baseball teams, earning money for college and graduating from ISU in 1935. She became the Terre Haute Girl Scouts first full-time executive director. In World War II, she wanted to serve her country and joined the WAVES, becoming a lieutenant commander. Driven by a passion for movement and dance, she turned her attention to modern dance. Moving to Arizona State University in 1954, Margaret developed modern dance from a couple of classes in the P.E. department into a full-fledged department of its own, with programs offering bachelor's and master's degrees. Not content to sit around after retirement in 1980, she played competitive tennis in tournaments around the country in the seniors division. When she retired from active competition in 2000 at age 86, she was ranked first in doubles and second in singles nationally.

 
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