History of Girl's Baseball

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A Brief History of Females in Baseball

A women's team called the African American Dolly Vardens of Philadelphia became the first paid baseball team of any kind.

1875 the first baseball game between two women's teams which fans were charged was in Springfield Illinois and it was between the Blondes and the Brunettes.

A woman wrote "Take me out to the Ball Game"

From 1900 - 1938 women's baseball blossomed in the US as the National Pastime. Women like, Babe Diedrickson and Lizzie Murphy came along and pitched and played for Pro teams in exhibition games.

The All American Women's League was formed in the Midwest during the War torn 1940's featuring the Rockford Peaches, Racine Belles and the Grand Rapids Chicks amongst others. You might know that from the movie "A League of Their Own"

Since then we have seen scattered women make it through the ranks, but never really play professional baseball. In the 70's the Coors brewing Company sponsored an All Woman's team that traveled the Continent playing exhibition games against minor league teams.

Since the year 2000 we have seen the game grow every year.

2000 — The American Women’s Baseball League (AWBL) took women’s baseball team to Japan to play Team Energen, the Japanese women’s national team

2001 — The first Women’s World Series (WWS) was played at the SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; countries that participated included the United States of America, Australia, Canada, and Japan — the U.S. won the gold medal

2003 — Pawtucket Slaterettes all-girls' baseball league celebrated its 30th season of all-girls' baseball

2003 — Women’s baseball became an official sport (39th) of the AAU; this marked the first time in United States history that a U.S. national organization began sanctioning and supporting women’s baseball

2003 — The American Eagles of American Women’s Baseball Federation (AWBF) became the first women’s baseball team to be sanctioned by USA Baseball

2004 — The first-ever Women’s Baseball World Cup was played in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; the event was sanctioned by the International Baseball Association and Federation (IBAF) and was hosted by Baseball Canada

2004 — USA Baseball sanctioned the first official national women’s baseball team; the team competed in the 2004 WWS (in Japan) and in the 2004 Women’s World Cup of Baseball

2004 — John Kovach, manager of the South Bend Blue Sox Women’s Baseball Club, director of the Great Lakes Women’s Baseball League, and AAU Women’s Baseball Youth Baseball Chair, worked out a proposal with Little League, Inc. to use the Michiana Girls’ Baseball League as a model league to develop girls’ Little League baseball programs around the country; Although Little League started a boy’s softball program in 2000 because 500 boys were playing in Little League softball leagues around the U.S., the organization has not started a girls’ baseball program despite the thousands of girls playing baseball in Little League baseball leagues across the United States.

2007 — Chicago Pioneers girls' baseball team became the first-ever U.S. Girls' Baseball National Champions after defeating the Pawtucket Slaterettes during the 2007 Women's Baseball National Championship/Girls' Baseball National Championship in Ft. Myers, Florida

2008 — Eri Yoshida, at 16 years old, becomes Japan's first professional female baseball player to play in a men's league by signing a professional contract with the Kobe 9 Cruise of a new Japanese independent league. In April 2010, she signed a contract with the Chico Outlaws and became the first ever to play professionally in two countries.

2009 — Justine Siegal became the first female coach of a men's professional baseball team.[1] In 2011, she was the first woman to throw batting practice to a MLB team, the Cleveland Indians at Spring training.[2] She also threw BP to the Oakland Athletics, Tampa Bay Rays, St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros and New York Mets.

2010 — Tiffany Brooks signs a professional baseball contract with the Big Bend Cowboys of the Continental Baseball League. This makes her the first female baseball player to play in an American men's professional baseball league since Ila Borders, and the first in the 21st Century. A woman professional baseball league opens in Japan.

2011 — The first ever members clubs are announced for Southern Ontario's Woman's Baseball League. Those clubs being located in London, Guelph, St Catharines and Niagara Falls Ontario, Canada. This is the first ever league for women, aged 18 and over, in Ontario and will start playing in 2012.

2012 Essex County Trail Blazers started, to provide local females a place to play baseball!

2012 Womans World Cup in Edmonton Alberta

2012 First ever International Bantam Girls 16U Tournament in Hammonds Plains Nova Scotia Aug 21 - 26

Tiffany Brooks

Rockford's Infield