Women in Baseball Week: July 24th to July 31st, 2017.

Women in Baseball Week: July 24th to July 31st, 2017.
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Robbin Miller is a former little league baseball player after it became legal in 1974. She played from 1975-1977 after enduring boos and negative comments such as "Go home to play with dolls," on the field. Robbin is a mother of a 8 year old boy playing little league baseball this summer. Robbin is an author of "Playgroup Time," and "Three Best Friends," picture books promoting inclusion and diversity for all children with abilities.

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The first annual event of “Women in Baseball Week” is from July 24th to July 31st, 2017 across the US.  A.J. Crash Richard created the idea this Spring to honor girls and women playing baseball around the world. She is also the founder of the Facebook Page: WOMENBELONGINBASEBALL. An informative site that recognizes not only women and girls playing baseball but also to women breaking the barriers in the front office and being an umpire in men’s baseball leagues.

Did you know that girls and women dared to cross the sidelines to play baseball either in their own leagues or attempted to play baseball with men since the 1800’s? As a young girl growing up in Bayside, New York City, during the 1970’s, I don’t remember ever seeing any literature or books on girls and women playing baseball. I had no role-models to look up to besides my father teaching me to play baseball when I was nine -year old in 1974. Unfortunately, I was not allowed to play little league baseball until the year after it became league in 1974. A famous landmark case in NJ ruled in favor for a girl to be legally allowed to play little league with boys.

President Gerald Ford signed into law in December of that year that allowed girls to play little league with boys.  As of one of four girls who signed up in Queens, New York in 1975, to play little league with boys, I endured many boos and jeers from boys who told me “To go home and to play with dolls” and that I was a “Tomboy and stunk in playing baseball with boys.”

Moving forward to the 1990’s, a new women’s baseball team called the Colorado Silver Bullets formed and were managed by the Niekro brothers, Phil and Joe, who pitched professionally during the late 1970’s to mid-1980’s. The Silver Bullets played against several men’s baseball teams that demonstrated that women are just as competitive as men in playing against each other.  Lasting for a few years old, another new league called the Eastern Women’s Baseball League formed in the late 1990’s that is composed of several of women’s professional baseball playing tournament ball during the summer seasons.  There is also the Boston Women’s Baseball League in Massachusetts that I have just learned about their Facebook Page. They are currently recruiting women who want to play baseball this summer.

Unfortunately, a professional women’s summer baseball team, The Virginia Marlins, was denied the opportunity to play against the High Point-Thomasville known as the HiToms Men’s Summer League Team in July of this year.  Here is a response from the HIToms Facebook Page concerning this situation:

“The LOCOS did not agree to play tonight’s game against an opponent with players that do not meet the proficiency standards of summer, college baseball. Some of the Marlins players tonight were high school age athletes that do not meet the competitive standards of summer college baseball.

“We spoke directly with Coach Fulton prior to the game about our request to play college level baseball players and unfortunately he did not heed this request.

As an administrator, our first responsibility is to ensure the safety of all participants. We hope you understand our concerns.” (HITOMS: Facebook Page, July 11th, 2017.)

Shame on the coach for having antiquated views that women are not able to play baseball with men in 2017. Another incident happened this month where a 12- year-old girl was told by the boys (on the opposing team) to play softball instead. After the game ended, half of these boys refused to shake hands with her. Shame on them as well. Their coach agreed to give them a talk before the next game. (WOMENBELONGINBASEBALL: Facebook Page, July 14th, 2017).

In my research for resources, I found several picture books and books that tell the stories of girls and women playing baseball since the late 1800’s to the present time. A.J. Crash Richard asked the Women Belong in Baseball community to give us their recommended reads for adults and children. Many people contributed to this list including myself. There are excellent and informative picture books and chapter books that can be used for Summer Reading for children and teens.

Fiction: Adult and Young Adult

Broome, Andy. Her Curves Were Too Much For Them.

Butler, Dori Hillestead. Sliding into Home (Young Adult).

Bishop, Jenn. The Distance to Home. (Young Adult)

Cochrane, Mick. The Girl Who Threw Butterflies.

Gilbert, Sarah. A League of Their Own.

Gregorich, Barbara. She's on First.

Leavy, Jane. Squeeze Play.

Maruno, Jennifer. Cherry Blossom Baseball. (Young Adult)

Petrone, Susan. Throw Like a Woman.

White, Ellen Emerson. A Season of Daring Greatly.

Nonfiction: Adult and Young Adult

Ackmann, Martha. Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone, the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League.

Ardell, Jean Hastings, and Ila Borders. Breaking Into Baseball: Women and the National Pastime.

Berlage, GaiI. Women in Baseball: The Forgotten History.

Blumenthal, Karen. Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX: The Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America.

Borders, Ila with Jean Ardell, Making My Pitch: A Woman’s Baseball Odyssey.

Brown, Patricia I. A League of My Own.

Browne, Lois. Girls of Summer: The Real Story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Cohen, Marilyn. No Girls in the Clubhouse: The Exclusion of Women from Baseball.

Cook, William A. Lady Moguls: a history of women who have owned Major League Baseball teams.

Davis, Mo'ne. Remember My Name. (Young Adult)

Davis, Pepper Paire. Dirt in the Skirt.

Fidler, Merrie A. The Origins and History of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Fields, Sarah. Female Gladiators : Gender, Law, and Contact Sport in America.

Gregorich, Barbara. Women at Play: The Story of Women in Baseball.

Heaphy, Leslie, Ed. Encyclopedia of Women and Baseball.

Helmer, Diana and Thomas Owens, Belles of the Ballpark: Celebrating the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Hotchkiss, Ron. Diamond Gods of the Morning Su

Johnson, Susan A. When Women Played Hardball.

Kann, Bob. Joyce Westerman: Baseball Hero.

Kindred, Dave. The Colorado Silver Bullets for the Love of the Game.

Kovach, John. Women’s Baseball (Images of Baseball).

Luke, Bob. The Most Famous Woman in Baseball: Effa Manley and the Negro Leagues.

Macy, Sue. A Whole New Ballgame: The Story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. (Young Adult)

Madden. W.C. All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Record Book.

Madden, W.C., The Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League: A Biographical Dictionary

Manley, Effa & Hardwick, Leon. Negro Baseball Before Integration.

Mills, Dorothy Seymour. Chasing Baseball: Our Obsession with Its History, Numbers, People and Places.

Nauen, Elinor. Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend: women writers on baseball.

Overmyer, James. Queen of the Negro Leagues: Effa Manley and the Newark Eagles.

Postema, Pam. You've Got to Have Balls to Make it in this League.

Ring, Jennifer. A Game of Their Own: Contemporary Vices of Women in Baseball.

Ring, Jennifer. Stolen Bases: Why American Girls Don’t Play Baseball. Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 2013.

Robinson, Jackie. I Never Had it Made: an autobiography.

Sergent, Jim & Gorman, Robert. The South Bend Blue Sox.

Sergent, Jim. We Were the All-American Girls: Interviews with Players of the AAGPBL, 1943-1954.

Shattuck, Debra A. Bloomer Girls: Women Baseball Pioneers.

Trombe, Carolyn. Dottie Wiltse Collins: Strikeout Queen.

Williams, Douglas. Summertime Dreams: Yes Girls Can Play Baseball.

Williams, Kat. The All-American Girls After the AAGPBL.

 Children's:

Adler, David. Mama Played Baseball.

Alpine, Rachele. You Throw Like a Girl.

Arnold, Emily. Queen of the Diamond: The Lizzy Murphy Story.

Berne, Emma Carlson & Patrick, Jean L.S. The Baseball Adventure of Jackie Mitchell: Girl Pitcher vs. Babe Ruth.

Corey, Shana. Players in Pigtails.

Green, Michelle Y. A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie Peanut Johnson

Hopkinson, Deborah. Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings.

Houts, Michelle. Kammie on First

Hubbard, Crystal & Duburke, Randy. Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream.

Johnson, Angela. Just Like Josh Gibson.

Kratz, Marilyn. Umpire in a Skirt: the Amanda Clement story.

Lord, Betty Bao. In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson.

Mackall Dandi Daley. A Girl Named Dan.

Moss, Melissa. Mighty Jackie: The Strikeout Queen.

Patrick, Jean L.S. The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth.

Raczka, Bob & Dibley, Glin. Joy in Mudville.

Rappaport, Doreen. Dirt on Their Skirts: The Story of the Young Women Who Won the World Championship

Vernick, Audrey. She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story

Vernick. Audrey. The Kid From Diamond Street: The Extraordinary Story of Baseball Legend Edith Houghton.

Yomtov, Nelson. The Belles of Baseball.

I thank the Shrewsbury Public Library in Massachusetts for allowing me to an informative display titled, “Girls and Women in Baseball,” this past June 2017.  I also thank the Northborough Public Library, also, Massachusetts, for letting me do the same exhibit next month. 

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Renee @ ParentNation Renee @ ParentNation
31 May 2016
2 months ago

As a huge baseball fan, I love the idea of Women in Baseball! As well as any other sport since as we have shown, we can be fierce competitors as well!