Women in Baseball Week 2020 is here! Join in July 19-25, 2020 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 tagging @IWBC4me 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. Again, be sure to use #WomeninBaseballWeek and tag @IWBC4me so we can highlight your stories here.
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.
Team Work, the Women in Baseball Week theme for 2020, celebrates the power in relying on one another to effect positive change, whether on the field or when faced with unprecedented global challenges. 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. 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. What does teamwork mean to you? How has a group dynamic positively impacted your game, your community, or your goals? This is the week to celebrate your 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
- Learn about the history of women in baseball
- Spotlight your organization’s materials that document women in baseball
- Share your local history of women in baseball
Share your events and experiences online! Add #WomeninBaseballWeek and tag @IWBC4me to add your chapter to the story.
Here are a few of the events scheduled for this year’s celebration!
Events throughout the summer will be posted here. If you have a Women in Baseball event to share, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hall of Very Good Podcast: Janet Marie Smith (Virtual Event) – June 9, 2020
Renowned ballpark architect Janet Marie Smith joins the boys to talk about being rejected by and then designing Camden Yards for the Baltimore Orioles, her current gig with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the difference between building a stadium from the ground up and renovating one that’s been standing for almost a century and what baseball fans can expect when they return to Chavez Ravine.
Listen to this interview and more at HOVG Podcast.
SABR Latino Committee: “Isabel ‘Lefty’ Alvarez: The Improbable Life of a Cuban American Baseball Star” (Virtual Event) June 20, 2020
Join the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) Latino committee for a special event featuring Dr. Kat Williams, author of the recent book, “Isabel ‘Lefty’ Alvarez: The Improbable Life of a Cuban American Baseball Star”.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, launched a STAY HOME WITH SABR initiative, which shifts SABR activities online via Zoom, the videoconference platform. The SABR Latino baseball committee hosted this event on Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 1-2pm PDT.
To view this conversation, visit SABR Videos.
Stay Home with SABR: A Conversation About Umpiring (Virtual Event) June 29, 2020
Dr. Leslie Heaphy will lead a discussion with three umpires: Perry Barber, Lisa Turbitt and The Fairlady. For details on this Zoom meeting, become a SABR member at SABR.org/join and sign up for the Women in Baseball Committee announcements. To view this discussion, visit SABRVideos on YouTube.
Hall of Very Good Podcast: Sister Toni Ann Palermo (Virtual Event) – July 2, 2020
Shortstop-turned-nun Sister Toni Ann Palermo joins the boys to talk about traveling the country playing professional softball at age 11, how she ended up playing in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, borrowing Hall of Famer Phil Rizzuto’s “magic glove” and why she didn’t know about “A League of Their Own” until more than a decade after its release.
Listen to this interview and more at HOVG Podcast.
7th-Inning Stretch: Maybelle Blair & Shirley Burkovich (Virtual Event) – July 5, 2020
7th-Inning Stretch sits down with former All-American Girls Professional Baseball League players Maybelle Blair and Shirley Burkovich. 7th-Inning Stretch is a 30-minute Facebook Live show starting each day at 3:00pm EDT, in which Josh plays organ while Reverend Producer Mary solicits song requests from viewers. Donations to local food banks are welcome: Feeding America.
To watch this video and more, visit 7th-Inning Stretch.
British Baseball Federation: Webinar with Rachel Folden – Chicago Cubs Hitting Coach (Virtual Event) July 6, 2020.
Join us and learn from Rachel Folden who is one of four women hired to coach in the Major League Baseball (MLB) and the first women hired by the Chicago Cubs. A spokesperson for the BBF said, “Rachel is one of the fastest rising coaching stars in professional baseball. She is a great role model for women. Moreover, she has a great analytical baseball mind, is totally insightful in all aspects of hitting and is a new generation of professional instructors. We are truly honoured to have Rachel join us for this webinar. Don’t miss it.”
For more information or to register, visit British Baseball Federation.
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory: Bloomer Girls: Baseball, Bikes, and the Battle for Ballots (Louisville, KY) March 6, 2020 – August 31, 2020
One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory unveils a new exhibit that salutes the Bloomer Girls who challenged stereotypes and helped women win the right to vote. For more information on this exhibit or visiting the museum, visit sluggermuseum.com.
SABR & IWBC Women in Baseball Conference: Call for Papers May 1, 2020 – July 15, 2020
The International Women’s baseball Center is once again partnering with the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) in sponsoring the 2nd Annual Women in Baseball Conference. Topics honoring the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues and all topics related to women in baseball are welcome. Seeking panels, individual oral and poster presentations, and other demonstrations of baseball scholarship. For more information, contact Dr. Leslie Heaphy at email@example.com.
South Bend Cubs: Movie Night – A League of Their Own (South Bend, IN) – July 10, 2020
Join the South Bend Cubs for Movie Night at Four Winds Field presented by 1st Source Bank on Friday, July 10. Movie begins at 8:00 p.m. and gates open at 7:00 p.m. After the movie, fans will be treated to a spectacular fireworks show courtesy 1st Source Bank and kids 12 and under can run the bases after the fireworks.
This event will follow the State of Indiana’s Phase 5 guidelines policies set by the CDC. Fireworks will be contingent upon continuing Phase 5 guidelines and subject to change. Fans will be asked to keep at least six feet away from guests they do not know and while masks are not required, they are encouraged. Hand sanitizers will also be placed throughout the concourse.
For tickets or more information, visit Movie Night at Four Winds Field.
DC Girls Baseball: Free Virtual Baseball Clinic for Girls 7-10 (Virtual Event) – July 12, 19, and 26.
DCGB Players Alice Stillerman (14U) and Sophie Zuckman (18U) and Coach Jennifer Hammond are offering a set of three virtual baseball clinics for girls ages 7-10. No experience necessary. All clinics are online Sundays from 3:00-3:45 on July 12, 18, and 26!
For more information, visit DC Girls Baseball.
Movie Night at Calfee Park: A League of Their Own (Pulaski, VA) – July 17, 2020
Join the Pulaski Yankees for Movie Night at Calfee Park presented by WSLC-94.9 Star Country, Q99 – WSLQ 99.1, and K92 – WXLK 92.3FM and enjoy a screening of A League of Their Own on the jumbotron! Gates open at 6:30pm and the movie begins at 7:30pm. Tickets are available at the gate for just $2. Snacks and concession items (including beer and hard seltzer) will be available from Calf-E’s Kitchen beginning when gates open at 6:30pm. The Calfee Clubhouse Clearance Store will also be open; fans can walk through the Pulaski Yankees clubhouse to see our selection of $10 t-shirts and hats and many more great discounted items available for sale.
The Community Cup Classic Foundation, the Josh Gibson Foundation, and Lifeline Sports: Women Negro League Players (Cleveland, OH [Virtual Event] ) – July 25, 2020
When the history of baseball’s Negro Leagues is told, the women who were part of the game should not be forgotten. During the early 1950s as the league was fighting for its survival, 3 women were signed and played for the Indianapolis Clowns. While racism and ‘Jim Crow’ laws were rampant, these women also faced sexism from fans, teammates and opponents alike.They were not the only women in Negro League baseball. There was also Effa Manley – Co-Owner of the Newark Eagles with her husband Abe. Effa was active as manager and major promoter of the team. She was at the helm when the Eagles won the Negro League World Series in 1946 as well as when stars from the team were signed by Major League baseball franchises (Larry Doby, Monte Irvin, Don Newcombe…).This presentation with historian Ike Brooks will shed light on some of their experiences during those times.
This event will be held online. For more information or to register, visit: Women Negro League Players: A Virtual and Worldwide Negro League Centennial Event
HANIC: Women in Baseball Part 1 (Virtual Event – Zoom) – August 2, 2020
HANIC: Discussing Topics in Sports Analytics will highlight Women in Baseball with special guests Rachel Heacock, Twins Analyst; Emily Curtis, Mariners Analyst; and Tanya Bialostozky, Mets Mental Performance Coach.
To register for this event, visit HANIC.
HANIC: Women in Baseball Part 2 (Virtual Event – Zoom) – August 9, 2020
HANIC: Discussing Topics in Sports Analytics will highlight Women in Baseball with special guests Emily Blady, White Sox Analyst; Amy Pircher, Baseball Prospectus Software Engineer; Rachel Balkovec, Yankees Hitting Coach; and Emilee Fragapane, Dodgers Analyst.
To register for this event, visit HANIC.
Grand Valley State University Digital Collections: All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Interviews (Allendale, MI) – Ongoing
The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was started by Philip Wrigley, owner of the Chicago Cubs, during World War II to fill the void left by the departure of most of the best male baseball players for military service. Players were recruited from across the country, and the league was successful enough to be able to continue on after the war. The league had teams based in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, and operated between 1943 and 1954. The 1954 season ended with only the Fort Wayne, South Bend, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Rockford teams remaining. The League gave over 600 women athletes the opportunity to play professional baseball. Many of the players went on to successful careers, and the league itself provided an important precedent for later efforts to promote women’s sports.
To access this collection visit GVSU Special Collections and University Archives.
University Library System: Women in Baseball Resources (Pittsburgh, PA) – Ongoing
This guide highlights materials on the history of women in baseball and resources on contemporary events and organizations. Learn more about the value, diversity, and cultural significance of women in baseball. Visit this research guide at Pitt ULS.
Digital Commons @ Winthrop University: All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (Rock Hill, SC) – Ongoing
The Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University is fortunate to have a burgeoning collection of material pertaining to the AAGPBL. The collection was begun in 2005 with the gift of Elizabeth “Lib” Mahon’s papers and later acquired acquired Jean Faut’s Papers. The Archives has material pertaining to several other players, including Sue Kidd and Ruth Born, as well as the league as a whole. For more information, or to access the digital archive, visit The Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections.
SABR & IWBC: Women in Baseball Conference (Virtual Event) – Sept. 11-13, 2020
This year’s conference will be a virtual event centered around the theme “Celebrating African American Women in Baseball.” Presentations and panels will take place over three days on September 11-13, 2020. In addition to learning about topics such as the Dolly Vardens, Maud Nelson, Tillie Ford, the Hagerstown Mollys, and much more, there will also be a celebration of the Negro Leagues Centennial on Saturday night, with a special design unveiling for an outdoor pylon.
Beginning in 2017, baseball fans around the globe have celebrated Women in Baseball Week in their own ways. Here are some of the people and organizations that participated.
Women in Baseball Week, developed by Ryan Woodward, is a project of the International Women’s Baseball Center. Contact Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.