Attagirl: women and girls in baseball
About This Show
We've all heard of "A League of Their Own" and "No Crying in Baseball," but did you know that women have been involved in baseball since its beginning? While women are and always have been baseball players, owners, coaches, umpires, and fans, after over 150 years women still face barriers in every level of organized baseball. Every year, thousands of girls join Little League teams, but then age out and don't find anywhere else to play. Thousands more don't join Little League in the first place because they don't know baseball is an option for girls.
On this podcast, we're exploring the past and present of girls and women's baseball and talking to players, historians, and baseball pioneers. We're also encouraging our listeners to join the growing movement for the future of girls' and women's baseball, ensuring there will always be a place for young girls who want to play.
Most Recent Episode
E13: Jackie Robinson Day and the Top Moments for African-American Women in Baseball
Baseball is celebrating 70 years since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier today. But Robinson is far from baseball's only pioneer. Today we are telling the story of 12 great moments for African-American women in the game. In order, they are: The Dolly Vardens and the St. Louis Black Bronchos playing in the 19th century Olivia Taylor, the first black female owner (that we know about) Pearl Barnett, the first black woman (that we know about) to play semipro ball on a men's team Rachel Robinson, advocate for equality for decades Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, the only woman to ever pitch in the Negro Leagues Toni Stone getting a hit off of Satchel Paige Connie Morgan, 3rd woman to play for the Negro Leagues and the only time two women would be teammates on a men's team until 2016 Minnie Forbes, the fourth woman to play Negro League baseball and also an owner Gloria Jean "Jackie" Jackson getting a tryout for the Pittsfield Senators Tamara Holmes' power hitting with the Colorado Silver Bullets Effa Manley is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006 Mo'ne Davis on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2014 What we discovered as we began to share these stories was that the history of African-American women in the game is tied to every era and every facet of the history of the game itself, so here are some links to other information about some of the things we talked about today: MLB's Jackie Robinson Day The Saint Paul Saints celebrating baseball pioneers Larry Doby Night Ila Borders Commemorative Bobblehead Giveaway Larry Doby's belated induction to the HOF An expert helped us out with today's episode: Leslie Heaphy, author of the