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Stars compete in 65th Hamptons softball fundraiser

The Associated Press, Saturday, August 10, 2013, 8:48am (PDT)

EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — One of the most popular events of the Hamptons summer season is celebrating its 65th anniversary.

The annual East Hampton Artists & Writers Softball game is being held Aug 17. Celebrities from the worlds of publishing, entertainment and the arts are expected to compete. The fundraiser is expected to rake in $100,000 for Long Island charities.

The games started around 1948 when artists such as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning began holding informal contests in their yards.

Over the years, the game has grown in popularity. The roster of former participants has included President Bill Clinton, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Paul Simon, Dustin Hoffman and Alec Baldwin.

The contests are often fierce rivalries, though many players make good-natured complaints about how the other side breaks the rules.

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