2020 Events

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 info@womeninbaseballweek.org

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 will host this event on Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 1-2pm PDT.

To join the session, contact Anthony Salazar at salazar8017@yahoo.com.

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.

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 lheaphy@kent.edu.

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

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.