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Women in Baseball Week 2023 is coming! Join in July 23-29, 2023 wherever you are, anytime during the week. How? That’s up to you! If you are involved with baseball yourself, post on your favorite social media site using #WomeninBaseballWeek and #WIBW2023 in your posts. If you are part of a team, museum, library, historical society, or other group that have local women who have left their mark on baseball in your region, share their contributions with the world.

About

Women in Baseball Week is an annual, worldwide event recognizing the value, diversity, and cultural significance of women in baseball. Women play a vital role in all aspects of the sport north, south, east and west–-help us celebrate each one! Tournaments, teams, libraries, museums, and individuals will join the International Women’s Baseball Center to recognize women’s contributions to baseball around the globe.

This year’s theme – #ReadBaseball – celebrates the books, writers, and libraries that record, preserve, and honor our history.

While recent years have seen more women on the field, behind the plate, and in the broadcast booth, this momentum can only be sustained with everyone’s investment in working together, all around the world. By joining forces and supporting those with similar goals, we create more opportunities, expand youth participation, and encourage a culture that places women at the center of the world’s best sport. This is the week to celebrate those efforts! Share your story and join those worldwide who step up to the sport for a stronger tomorrow.

How you can participate:

  • Promote your team and playing opportunities
  • Highlight your participation in baseball with a photo or story
  • Encourage your local library or bookstore to participate
  • Spotlight your organization’s materials that document women in baseball
  • Share your local history of women in baseball
  • Grab a t-shirt from our friends at Bonfire

Share your events and experiences online! Add #WomeninBaseballWeek and #ReadBaseball to share your chapter to the story.

2024 Events

Here are a few of the events scheduled for this year’s celebration!

Events throughout the year will be posted here. If you have a Women in Baseball event to share, contact us at info@womeninbaseballweek.org


2024


 
 
City of Greeley Museums: ¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues (Greeley, CO, USA) March 16  – October 6, 2024
 
Developed in collaboration with the National Museum of American History, the ¡Pleibol! exhibit examines how generations of Latinos/as have helped make the game what it is today. From youth and community teams to the Major League, the exhibition reveals how baseball brings people together regardless of race, class, or gender. These inspirational baseball stories reflect larger themes in American history that connect us all, on and off the diamond. For details, visit Pleibol

Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum: Gertrude “Gertie” Dunn Statue Unveiling  (Wayne, PA, USA) March 25, 2024
 
Starting March 25, 2024, the public is invited to view  the statue at the Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum 301 Iven Avenue Wayne, Pa. Hours are Monday through Friday 9am to 3pm.
 
Gertrude “Gertie” Dunn, one of Delaware County’s greatest athletes of all time, graduated from Sharon Hill High School in 1952. Later Gertie attended West Chester University and graduated with the class of 1960. The Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum has commissioned sculptor Jennifer Frudakis Petry to create a twenty-four-inch bronze sculpture of Gertie playing for the South Bend Blue Sox of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, made famous by the 1992 film A League of Their Own.
 
For more information on Gertie’s athletic achievements, visit www.delcosportsmuseum.org and click on the Gertie Dunn page in the upper right hand corner. Or contact Jim Vankoski at (610) 909-4919 or vankoski21@comcast.net.
 

Grand Rapids Public Library: For the Love of the Game (Grand Rapids, MI, USA) May 23 – September 30, 2024

Join us for the launch of a new exhibit featuring archival images of the Detroit Tigers, Grand Rapids Chicks, and Grand Rapids Black Sox. The exhibit highlights Robinson Studio images from the library’s archives, with up-close views of baseball players in the 1940s and 1950s.
Exhibit curator William M. Anderson will share his knowledge, memories, and personal connections in a presentation during the opening night event. Light refreshments will be served.

Exhibition Opening | For the Love of the Game
Thursday, May 23, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Main Library – 111 Library St NE 


Anna Kimbrell: Baseball Camp (Fort Mill, SC, USA) June 17-20, 2024
 

Come learn the fundamentals of baseball with Anna Kimbrell!

9am-2pm each day, June 17-20 (Monday-Thursday) at Pleasant Knoll Middle School
All skill levels welcome, boys and girls ages 9-12
$150 for two days, $250 for all four days

For more information, visit AK9.org


Jackson Rockabillys: A Game of Our Own (Jackson, TN, USA) June 18, 2024
 

The Rockabillys will host and present a re-enactment of a big game between the Rockford Peaches and the Racine Belles, a tribute from the highly succesful movie, “A League of Their Own”. Interested in suiting up as a player, visit Rockabillys for more details.


Elmhurst History Museum: A League of Their Own Film Screening (Elmhurst, IL, USA) June 21, 2024
 

Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126
Price: FREE – Time: 2:00 PM

During World War II, many of the jobs that were left vacant by departing soldiers were filled by women. Not wanting baseball to become a forgotten pastime, team owners decided to take a different approach. View the popular 1992 film starring Tom Hanks and Geena Davis that chronicles the lives of women breaking ground as players in the All-American Professional Girls Baseball League.

Co-presented with Elmhurst Public Library. Rated PG, 2 hour & 8-minute running time.


Rockford Rivets: Rockford Peaches Night (Rockford, IL, USA) June 29, 2024
Enjoy a night at Rivets Stadium as the Rivets rebrand to the Rockford Peaches, honoring the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League team and Rockford sports history. Join members of Lil Peaches Baseball in Sections 105 and 107,  designated for group members and their families. Find tickets here. The IWBC and SPoRT Apparel & Collectibles will also be there. 

SABR / IWBC Women in Baseball Conference: Call for Papers Deadline (Online) July 1, 2024

The IWBC / SABR Women in Baseball Conference will be held virtually September 20-22, 2024. The call for papers is now open, with this year’s theme: Traveling Baseball.

Topics can focus on ideas such as: traveling teams, barnstorming, tournaments, international baseball, umpires, journalists and writers, college baseball and more. All topics and time periods related to women’s baseball are welcome. Submit abstracts to Dr. Leslie Heaphy at lheaphy@kent.edu – 200 words, plus contact information and short bio. Abstracts accepted for posters and/or oral presentations.


Dubois County Bombers: Meet Marla Hooch Night (Huntingburg, IN, USA) July 5, 2024
 

Actress Megan Cavanagh (Marla) will be available for a limited and exclusive VIP Meet & Greet before the gates open. Get your picture taken, get an autograph, and share in some stories and memories from her time filming here in Dubois County. She’ll also be throwing out the first pitch and hanging out to watch the Bombers play. For game tickets and more information, visit DC Bombers


The Ohio Village Diamonds: Vintage Base Ball Contest (Columbus, OH, USA) July 6, 2024
 

Saturday 7/6 2:00 pm Club match (Muffins & Diamonds Homecoming event) at the Ohio Village 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

Want to play base ball with the Diamonds?  Recruitment of new players occurs throughout the season. In addition to ballists (players), we are very interested in recruiting volunteers as sideline interpreters, scorekeepers, and umpires—no prior experience necessary. For information on the Ohio Village Diamonds Program or the training seminars contact Teresa Valencia at the Ohio History Center at tvalencia@ohiohistory.org.


SPoRT Apparel & Collectibles: Rockford Rivets (Loves Park, IL, USA)  July 7, 2024

Find SPoRT Apparel & Collectibles just inside the Rivets Stadium main gate with all your favorite Rockford Peaches apparel and collectibles! First pitch is scheduled for 1:35pm Central. Can’t make the game, visit iwearsport.com.


Baseball For All: Nationals Tournament (Elizabethtown, KY, USA) July 7 – 12, 2024
 

Baseball For All again partners with Ripken Baseball to host the 9th annual BFA Nationals, the largest girls’ baseball tournament in the United States, at The Ripken Experience® Elizabethtown in Kentucky. Stay updated on details at Baseball For All


AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center: A League of Their Own (Silver Spring, MD, USA) July 13, 2024

“There’s no crying in baseball!” Penny Marshall’s beloved film follows the rise of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League created by Chicago Cubs owner Walter Harvey (Garry Marshall) in the 1940s, responding to the diminished ranks of male pro ballplayers during World War II. The genuine crowd-pleaser stars Geena Davis, Madonna, Lori Petty and Rosie O’Donnell as Rockford Peaches teammates and Tom Hanks as their jaded, alcoholic manager. Introduction by author Noah Gittell on July 13. His book “Baseball: The Movie” will be available for sale and signing. For more information, visit AFI


The Ohio Village Diamonds: Vintage Base Ball Contest (Mechanicsburg, OH, USA) July 13, 2024
 

Saturday 7/13 3:00 pm vs Local club (dh with Muffins) at Mechanicsburg, OH Goshen Memorial Park, S. Parkview Rd., Mechanicsburg, OH 43044

Want to play base ball with the Diamonds?  Recruitment of new players occurs throughout the season. In addition to ballists (players), we are very interested in recruiting volunteers as sideline interpreters, scorekeepers, and umpires—no prior experience necessary. For information on the Ohio Village Diamonds Program or the training seminars contact Teresa Valencia at the Ohio History Center at tvalencia@ohiohistory.org.


Dubois County Bombers: A League of Their Own Night: Peaches vs. Belles (Huntingburg, IN, USA) July 13, 2024

Join us as we celebrate baseball history with a “Rockford Peaches vs. Racine Belles” game. We’ve found some incredibly talented ladies who will re-enact that first season with a competitive game of their own from 5pm – 6pm! Both teams will be dressed in their respective, vintage uniforms and ready to show you why this brief era of baseball is something we’ll never forget! Details and tickets at DC Bombers.


The Studio: The Girls of Summer (Rockford, IL, USA) July 19-21, 26-28, 2024

The Girls of Summer, an original musical based on the Rockford Peaches, returns to Rockford University’s Maddox Theatre this summer. Stay tuned to The Studio for more information and tickets. 


WBSC: IX Women’s Baseball World Cup (ThunderBay, ON, Canada) July 28 – August 3, 2024
 

The Women’s Baseball World Cup is an international tournament in which national women’s baseball teams from around the world compete. The 2024 finals return to Canada for a third time. For updated information, scores, and more, visit WBSC


Rockford Rivets: Rockford Peaches Night (Rockford, IL, USA) August 3, 2024
 
Enjoy a night at Rivets Stadium as the Rivets rebrand to the Rockford Peaches, honoring the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League team and Rockford sports history. Find tickets here. The IWBC and SPoRT Apparel & Collectibles will also be there.

9 Online Virtual Conference: Proposal Deadline (Online) August 2, 2024
 
Call for Papers: The 9 ONLINE Virtual Baseball Conference invites original unpublished papers that study all aspects of baseball, with particular emphasis on history, literature, and social policy implications. Abstracts only, not to exceed 300 words, should be submitted by August 2, 2024, to co-directors David Pegram (david.pegram@paradisevalley.edu) or Willie Steele (wdsteele@lipscomb.edu) for the abstract committee’s consideration. Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes. Following the submission deadline, authors will be notified as quickly as possible whether their papers have been accepted. Submission of an abstract indicates the presenter’s intent to register for and attend the conference. All authors are required to register for the conference and present their work.
 

SPoRT Apparel & Collectibles: Rockford Rivets (Loves Park, IL) August 8, 2024

Find SPoRT Apparel & Collectibles just inside the Rivets Stadium main gate with all your favorite Rockford Peaches apparel and collectibles! First pitch is scheduled for 6:35pm Central. Can’t make the game, visit iwearsport.com.


Chesapeake Girls Baseball: Skylar Kaplan Pioneer Series (Rockford, IL, USA) August 9-11, 2024
 
The 2nd annual Skylar Kaplan Pioneer Series Girls baseball tournament will be held Aug. 9-11, 2024 at the Lake Shore Athletic Complex in Pasadena, Maryland. Register today to secure your teams spot. All age brackets from 10U-18U. For more information visit Chesapeake Girls Baseball or email ChesapeakeGirlsBaseball@yahoo.com

The Ohio Village Diamonds: Vintage Base Ball Contest (Mt. Blanchard, OH, USA) August 17, 2024
 

Saturday 8/17 2:00 pm vs Mt. Blanchard (dh with Muffins) Mt. Blanchard, OH Island Park, 100 Park St., Mt. Blanchard, OH 45867

Want to play base ball with the Diamonds?  Recruitment of new players occurs throughout the season. In addition to ballists (players), we are very interested in recruiting volunteers as sideline interpreters, scorekeepers, and umpires—no prior experience necessary. For information on the Ohio Village Diamonds Program or the training seminars contact Teresa Valencia at the Ohio History Center at tvalencia@ohiohistory.org.


Chasing A Dream – The Story of Girls and Women in Baseball: Grand Opening (Rockford, IL, USA) September 8, 2024

This exhibition showcases the contributions that women have made to baseball, both on and off the playing field from the late 1850s through today, using reproduced images as well as rare archival and three-dimensional artifacts to tell the story. Chasing A Dream runs from mid-July through December, 2024 at Rockford University’s Howard Colman Library. A Grand Opening event will be held Sunday, September 8th, 2024 from 4:00-6:00pm Central at the library.


IWBC / SABR: Women in Baseball Conference (Online & Rockford, IL, USA) September 20 – 24, 2024
 

Mark your calendars for the 6th annual Women in Baseball Conference sponsored by IWBC and SABR and hosted by Rockford University. Stayed tuned for the Call for Papers and plan to join us September 20-22, 2024.


9 Online: Virtual Conference (Online) October 24-25, 2024
 

The organizers of the NINE Spring Training Conference are proud to announce the 3rd Annual 9-Online Virtual Baseball Conference. Like our annual spring conference, this interdisciplinary conference features presentations on a wide range of baseball topics. But brought to you online.

Join us for two days of presentations, baseball talk, and networking, as we take in the Major League post-season! More information at 9 Online


4th Annual Leighton Accardo Series (Chandler, AZ, USA) December 7 – 8, 2024
 

Espee & Pima Park – Chandler, AZ
3 Game Guarantee

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re available via PM/Text/Call.
Adam Scott
East Valley Tournaments
480-335-3345
adam.scott24@yahoo.com


 
 

Community Champions

The 2023 theme – Community Champions – celebrated those pioneers who leveled the playing field in their own communities. From grassroots efforts through the creation of national and international programs, we honor the champions of our communities by sharing their stories and learning from their example.

Aurora B.

Aurora is a Community Champion. She loves baseball and loves sharing that with others. She always takes the time to help other female players feel more comfortable coming out to play. At the start of this season, while playing catch, she noticed a female opponent at the plate was so scared she was almost in tears. Aurora stopped the game to stand up, look that young lady right in the eye and tell her she deserves to play just like everyone else. She helped calm her opponent and got right back into the game. Aurora hasn’t had it easy without female players in our league to look up to but she has dedicated time to helping other younger females learn to play and stay.


Robbin M.

During a family picnic in the Spring of 1974, Robbin heard loud cheers and boos coming from across the park. As a curious 9-year-old, third-grader, Robbin ran over to observe a game of little league baseball being played. After watching the game for a few minutes, Robbin’s interest was piqued to learn how to baseball. The rest is history as Robbin’s first year of playing little league baseball is told as a memoir in her chapter book for girls.

Breaking Barriers: A Girl’s Dream to Play Baseball with Boys follows Robbin’s journey from a spectator to a team player. Through her struggles to fit in, gain respect, and prove her worth, Robbin learns the true meaning of hard work and dedication. With a strong supporting cast of characters, this book is a heartwarming tale of resilience and perseverance in the face of adversity during a time when societal expectations for girls were set in stone without question.

To learn more about Robbin’s story, read Breaking Barriers: A Girl’s Dream to Play Baseball with Boys


Shirley Burkovich

Shirley Burkovich was a former AAGPBL player, who for decades, supported and advocated for girls and women in baseball at events like the Women’s Baseball World Cup, Baseball For All Nationals. or the Red Sox Women’s Fantasy Camp. She was a founding member of the International Women’s Baseball Center and was instrumental in bringing countless events and playing opportunities back to Rockford, where she played professionally in 1951. Everyone who knew her loved her and misses her. 

Learn more about Shirley’s life and career in her own words in a 2017 interview with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum: Shirley Burkovich – Sports Stories Baseball 


Madalynne Dittmar

Madie grew up watching baseball. Then once in high school as a freshmen joined the baseball team as the first girl student manager. In the first year learned how to take care of the field to doing the players stats. While only entering sophomore year helped lead the boys to the first conference win which had not happened in over 5 years. With two more years left is studying so she can apply to manage a college baseball team while still over the summer helping manage a travel baseball team.


Bonnie Hoffman

Bonnie is a leader at every level for girls and women in baseball. She is the driving force behind the Eastern Women’s Baseball Conference and the Director of the Diamond Classic women’s baseball tournament every year in Virginia. Bonnie is also a Head Coach at DC Girls Baseball, running the 10u and 12u programs. Bonnie volunteers with Nationals Youth Academy and is active in the Aspen Institute for Sports and is a key participant in the Diversity initiative at the American Baseball Coaches Association. Bonnie is a one of a kind leader who has left her mark at all levels of baseball.


Sarah Langs

“She’s a super stats geek in a great way!” Langs grew up in New York, went to the University of Chicago, interned at the New York Daily News and CSN Chicago and then joined ESPN in 2015 as a sports content researcher. She was promoted to senior sports content researcher in 2018 and joined MLB the following year.


Bethany Morlan

Bethany goes above and beyond to bring baseball to the young girls in our community. Making an all girls team “Lil Peaches” who go head to head against boys at every game. Bethany teaches courage and confidence alongside the game. Letting the girls know they can do anything a boy can do! She gives them a team to feel comfortable on and be themselves. Without Bethany there wouldn’t be an all girls team available to my daughter and for that we are so thankful.


Mary Dobkin

“Aunt” Mary Dobkin, a physically handicapped woman living in Baltimore in the 1940s. Dobkin was concerned that juvenile delinquency was destroying her neighborhood. She organized the “Dobkin Dynamiters,” a baseball team comprised of disadvantaged and minority children. A loving but strict coach, she was responsible for several firsts in the coaching industry: the first woman to coach little league in Baltimore, the first coach to integrate a baseball team (1950), and the first to put a girl on an all-boys team (1960).


Josephine Morhard

Josephine established the first boys’ baseball league in America. Her city—and the country—was watching. Beyond all expectations, the Cleveland Indians rallied behind her project. Indians legends Bob Feller, Jeff Heath, and Roy Weatherly helped hone the boys’ skills; renowned sports reporter Hal Lebovitz became an umpire; and they were given permission to play in historic League Park. All the while, as Josephine’s Little Indians graduated into the Junior American and Junior National Leagues, and finally a Little World Series, she instilled in her boys strong values, good sportsmanship, and an unprecedented sense of accomplishment. Some of them, like Ray Lindquist and Jack Heinen, would become Minor League players. Not one of Mrs. Morhard’s boys would ever forget her. Read more about Josephine’s extraordinary work in Mrs. Morhard and the Boys


Toni Stone

Seeing the new play of Toni Stone and watching her character reflected in A League of Their Own’s Max Chapman gave me a whole new appreciation for what this woman accomplished and endured in her time. An American hero if there ever was one, I salute Toni Stone during Women in Baseball Week for embodying the true spirit of Community Champion and inspiring girls decades later.


Abbi Jacobson & Will Graham

A League of Their Own not only told a great baseball story, but did so in a more honest and historically accurate way. This led to the birth of a whole new community and family for me. I thank Will Graham and Abbi Jacobson for that.


Maybelle Blair

Maybelle Blair is such an inspiration. She means so much to so many of us. Probably more than she will ever realize. Dirt in the skirt, Maybelle!


Po Chun Liu

Po Chun Liu is a great example of a female pioneer in baseball. She deserves every award possible and every day changes the landscape for women athletes, particularly in baseball, ESPECIALLY for umpires, all around the world.


Cami Kidder Divine

She has been the main fuel behind my constant engagement in the game of baseball and most especially girl baseball in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana-Africa. I can confidently say am the only trainer in my country with a girls baseball players in schools and the communities and these girls can play very well. She has not given up in seeking opportunities to have some of the girls display their talent on the international platforms.


SARA ROSE THIBAUT

Being the only female on the field has always been a part of Sara Rose’s baseball journey. With 24 years in the game, she’s still trying to normalize and shatter the stereotypical vision many people still have of who wears a uniform and what they are contributing to the game. Sara Rose moved into an all men’s league after high school and quickly started her own team in that league with true coed goals for her team. Her 1st female recruit was Tamara Holmes, who still plays for her team and after 5 years, they now have 4 female players and a female GM. Sara Rose has also been a baseball Coach at the local high school for 3 years where she has been shaking up the game by being the winning coach for the entire freshman league. Her presence on the field has created the conversation among fans and coaches alike, all asking her questions about her career on the field and how excited they are to see her out there. Normalizing the vision of females on the field, shattering stereotypes and encouraging other females to follow their dreams is everyday business for Sara Rose THIBAUT, a true leader for females in the game.


Doris Hocking

Doris Hocking is the creator of Women’s Baseball-UK, which promotes more women into the sport across the United Kingdom. She is responsible for this organization growing into a multi-team league nationwide and the creation of Great Britain’s first women’s national team, which now competes in international tournaments. Overall, she is known worldwide for being a trailblazer and as someone who has given tirelessly of herself to make baseball more inclusive.


Philly Girls Baseball

Thank you for giving more opportunities to local girls to pursue any sport they want to play and encouraging them to be whatever they want to be. Learn more about this extraordinary program at Philly Girls Baseball


Barbara Gregorich

Barbara’s books, particularly Women at Play: The Story of Women in Baseball, opened up a whole world to me. She is a gifted writer whose talent for researching and crafting historical narrative is both accessible and motivation to her readers. Ultimately, her writing has set me on a lifelong journey I never anticipated, but I am so grateful for it.

Contact

Women in Baseball Week, developed by Ryan Woodward, is a project of the International Women’s Baseball Center. Contact Ryan at info@womeninbaseballweek.org.