THE PACIFICS CELEBRATE WOMEN’S WEEKEND ON AUGUST 4,5, & 6, 2017 – The Inaugural Alexis Busch Award Highlights Women’s Events at Albert Park This Summer

THE PACIFICS CELEBRATE WOMEN’S WEEKEND ON AUGUST 4,5,6

The Inaugural Alexis Busch Award Highlights Women’s Events at Albert Park This Summer 

Each year the San Rafael Pacifics create events focused on women in baseball. In 2015, the Pacifics signed a woman pitcher, Oz Sailors, and in 2016 the team was managed by Justine Siegel of USA Baseball.

This year the Pacifics have created a “Women’s Weekend” featuring a schedule of events over the weekend of August 4-6 aimed at promoting women in baseball and other professional sports. 

On Friday, August 4, a “Women in Sports” pre-game forum will be held at Albert Park.  The panel discussion will be composed of local Bay Area women sports professionals discussing their careers and the challenges faced by women in the sports industry.  The forum is intended for women and girls interested in careers in sports and the practical of women working in the sport industry.

Following the forum local girls’ softball players will participate in a pre-game softball skills competition.  Players will be nominated by their baseball and softball teams to participate in throwing accuracy games, hitting competitions and a timed race around the bases.  All local girls’ sports teams are invited to attend the game with girls in their team uniforms admitted for free.

The Pacifics and Perry’s on Magnolia restaurant have announced an annual award to the most outstanding woman representing the spirit of baseball.  The “Alexis Busch Award” is named for the former Marin County woman baseball player who, as a player and Giants bat girl, exemplified the spirit of all women and girls wanting to play the game of baseball. 

The inaugural “Alexis Busch Award” will be awarded on Saturday August 5, 2017 to former Mill Valley girls’ baseball pioneer, Jenny Fulle, who in 1972 successfully challenged Little League’s discriminatory policy not to allow girls to play in the same league as boys.  Jenny was the first girl to play in Little League, and because of her courage Little League was forced to open its doors to girls.

Jenny will be honored with the award in a pre-game ceremony and will receive a one-day contract to play for the Pacifics.  

Then, on Sunday, August 6th the Pacifics will hold a pre-game girl’s baseball/softball clinic open to all women and girls wishing to improve their fundamentals.  Pacifics players and coaches will work with the women and girls on throwing, hitting and fielding skills.

In creating the “Women’s Weekend”, it is hoped that women and girls interested in sports (particularly in baseball) will receive greater acknowledgment and recognition as well as to identify accomplished women athletes who will inspire and motivate women and girls to play sports in honor of the spirit and memory of Alexis Busch.

In addition, the Pacifics and Marin Roto Rooter are throwing a “Mom’s Night Out” party on Saturday July 22nd.  Women attending the game will participate in on-field games, do a wine tasting and play in a post-game kick ball tournament featuring Pacifics players and Budweiser beers.

Former bat girl Alexis Busch ‘little sister’ of Giants | CSN Bay Area

Source: Former bat girl Alexis Busch ‘little sister’ of Giants | CSN Bay Area

Giants to dedicate plaque to Alexis Busch, former bat girl lost at sea

Alexis Busch loved baseball. She loved the Giants. And she loved AT&T Park. So a plaque that’s set to be unveiled in the dugout at AT&T Park before Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles to commemorate Alex — the first full-time bat girl in Major League Baseball…

Source: Giants to dedicate plaque to Alexis Busch, former bat girl lost at sea

Archive: Alexis Busch – Girls Play Baseball blog

Archive: Alexis Busch – Girls Play Baseball blog

Archive: Alexis Busch: Boat Owner Accused of Taking Perilous Course – Courthouse News Service

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – A woman drowned during a yacht race because the skippers chose a course too close to the rocks of the Farallon Islands, her father claims in court.

James Busch says his daughter, Alexis, was part of an eight-person crew aboard the Slow Speed Chase, participating in the annual Full Crew Farallones Race on April 14, 2012.

The 58-mile race begins outside the marina club house of its sponsor, the San Francisco Yacht Club, and then proceeds through the Golden Gate Bridge and out into the Gulf of the Farallones, according to the complaint. Participants turn around the Southeast Farallone Islands, and then race back to the Yacht Club…

via Boat Owner Accused of Taking Perilous Course – Courthouse News Service

A Giant forever: Alexis Busch, former bat girl lost at sea, remembered as World Series returns to SF | Other News | San Francisco | San Francisco Examiner

A Giant forever: Alexis Busch, former bat girl lost at sea, remembered as World Series returns to SF | Other News | San Francisco | San Francisco Examiner

Alexis Busch loved the Giants, yeah, yeah, yeah – SFGate

Alexis Busch loved the Giants, yeah, yeah, yeah – SFGate.

“I can think of no better place than in this ballpark, where she gave the biggest piece of her heart, to say thank you to Alex for showing me what it is to be a true friend…” – Giants legends turn out to honor sailor Alexis Busch at AT&T Park – Marin Independent Journal

Busch constantly reminded those around the Giants that she could do anything that the boys could do. Novato’s Ted Griggs, vice president and general manager of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, remembered a particular time when she helped open his eyes.

“I remember doing a standup with Joe Garagiola about dads playing catch with their sons,” said Griggs, who once worked for Busch’s father at Marin’s Golden Gate Productions. “She was upset that we said nothing about fathers and daughters, because she played catch with her dad all the time. … Yeah, she had me. She was right.”

via Giants legends turn out to honor sailor Alexis Busch at AT&T Park – Marin Independent Journal.

San Francisco Giants President and CEO Larry Baer statement about Alexis Busch – San Jose Mercury News

Alexis grew up in the Giants organization and went on to become Major League Baseball’s first bat girl – a position she held with the Giants for several seasons at Candlestick and AT&T Parks. A true baseball fan, she was a passionate and dedicated member of our organization and she will be deeply missed by the Giants family.

http://www.mercurynews.com/giants/ci_20409127/san-francisco-giants-statement-alexis-busch?source

ABL says goodbye to Alexis Busch | Australian Baseball League News

“Alexis was a valued member of the Blue Sox staff in our inaugural season, and her contributions to the ABL as well as her passion for women’s baseball in New South Wales were things we all cherished and admired,” Australian Baseball League CEO Peter Wermuth said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Busch family during this time of incomprehensible heartbreak.”

via ABL says goodbye to Alexis Busch | Australian Baseball League News.

A loving reminder why we do this…

SFGiants – Alexis Busch Our Champion – #1 – 1985-2012

SFGiants - Alexis Busch Our Champion - #1 - 1985-2012

SFGiants – Alexis Busch Our Champion – #1 – 1985-2012

Baer on Alexis Busch: ‘She was a huge part of the Giants family’

Baer on Alexis Busch: ‘She was a huge part of the Giants family’.

Pacifics to Dedicate 2012 Season to Alexis Busch

Pacifics to Dedicate 2012 Season to Alexis Busch

Pacifics to Dedicate 2012 Season to Alexis Busch

Alexis Busch’s family will be holding a celebration of her life on Monday, April 30 at 1PM at AT&T Park in San Francisco

Family and Friends,

Our beloved Alexis is among 4 sailors missing after a tragic sailing accident off the coast of San Francisco on Saturday April 14th.  Alex was just 26, an incredible young woman with a wonderful life ahead of her. She was happy and had no regrets in life – she was the most positive and joyous person we have ever known.

Alexis’ family will be holding a celebration of her life on Monday, April 30 at 1PM at AT&T Park in San Francisco.  The celebration of Alex’s life will be open to all who loved her and wish to celebrate her life. Please forward this message to all who may wish to attend.

Those wishing to attend can enter the ballpark through the Willie Mays Gate beginning at 12:30PM.  The program will begin promptly at 1PM, followed by refreshments and lots of story telling about Alex and her life well lived.

Those coming by car can park in Lot A on Third St across McCovey Cove from the ballpark.

Those wishing to make a donation in Alex’s memory can do so to the Giants Community Fund  and/or the A’s Community Fund.

Alexis T. Busch representing Baulkham Hills at the 2011 Sydney Invitational Women’s Baseball Tournament

Alexis T. Busch representing Baulkham Hills at the 2011 Sydney Invitational Women's Baseball Tournament

Alexis T. Busch representing Baulkham Hills at the 2011 Sydney Invitational Women’s Baseball Tournament

Alexis T. Busch: “I’m not a girl. I’m a ballplayer…” – Giants pay tribute to former ballgirl Busch | MLB.com: News

As the tributes demonstrated, Busch’s personality inevitably emerged through her love for the Giants. Larry Baer, the club’s president and CEO, said that Busch eclipsed the great Willie Mays in one respect.

Giants pay tribute to former ballgirl Busch | MLB.com: News

“Willie was a Giant for 22 years,” Baer said. “Alex was a Giant for 26 years — her entire life. … The Giants were and will be Alexis’ second family forever.”

via Giants pay tribute to former ballgirl Busch | MLB.com: News.

Alexis T. Busch | About Us | Lady Baseball

Alexis T. Busch

Founder of Lady Baseball

Alexis has her Master of Arts in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco and currently plays hardball in the California Women’s Baseball League as well as the New South Wales Women’s Baseball League. As an undergraduate student at San Francisco State University she spent six months working for the Commissioner of Major League Baseball in both New York and San Francisco. Alexis was part of the Baseball Operations Department and contributed to the development of the Inaugural MLB Umpire Camps at the Urban Youth Academy. When she was 15 and 16 years old she worked for the San Francisco Giants as the batgirl. Alexis fondly recalls one of her proudest moments on the field was meeting Barry Bonds’ as he crossed home plate after hitting career home run #500. She also spent a great deal of time at the yard as a youngster and is a true student of the game.

Growing up in the Bay Area, Alexis always played baseball with boys, from Little League up through Junior League on the 90-foot diamond. Going into high school she had to decide whether to continue with the boys or switch over to softball – neither of which she chose. She had never before questioned playing with male athletes and she never considered softball as an alternative; she just wanted to play hardball! So many girls have had similar experiences and it is a clear indication that insufficient opportunities exist for girls to play baseball.

As an advocate for the progression of Women’s Baseball Development, Alexis is dedicated to facilitating adequate opportunities for girls and women to compete with one another on the baseball field. She operates Lady Baseball, helping to lead the effort for cultivating competitive female baseball programs both nationally and internationally.

via About Us | Lady Baseball.

Alexis T. Busch – Coast Guard suspends search for four missing crewmembers off the Farallon Islands – uscgnews.com

Alexis T. Busch – Coast Guard suspends search for four missing crewmembers off the Farallon Islands – uscgnews.com

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Alexis T. Busch – Marin family, friends, boaters reeling after yacht tragedy – Marin Independent Journal

… Busch was a semi-pro catcher in the California’s Women’s Baseball League who worked as head of hospitality for Bay Club Ross Valley in Kentfield…

 

via Marin family, friends, boaters reeling after yacht tragedy – Marin Independent Journal.

| Alexis Tracy Busch | Expect So Much |

Over the last few weeks, stumbling around and trying to distract myself from the massive hole that’s been ripped open in my life, I came across an interesting post entitled “The Top of My To Do List,” by writer and entrepreneur Paul Graham. Taken from another article where an end-of-life care nurse had listed the top five regrets people have at the end of their lives, Graham had turned them into a short list of five directives one might follow in order to live a happy and fulfilled life:

– Don’t ignore your dreams

– Don’t work too much

– Say what you think

– Cultivate friendships

– Be happy

And when I read this a week or so ago, it was if I’d come across Alex’s secret instructions for life, ones she knew implicitly, and was always trying to help the rest of us understand.

via | Alexis Tracy Busch | Expect So Much |.

Alexis T. Busch – “The game of baseball has lost one of its most passionate vicars, a woman who held the deepest conviction of the beauty and infallibility of the game’s perfection…” – pacificsbaseball.com

The game of baseball has lost one of its most passionate vicars, a woman who held the deepest conviction of the beauty and infallibility of the game’s perfection. Her soul will forever be inextricably bound to the game she loved and we who loved her can best honor her memory by understanding that she continues to live in every nicely turned double-play, in every stand up triple and in every line drive in the gap.

via pacificsbaseball.com: Press Box.

Alexis T. Busch

Alexis T. Busch

Alexis T. Busch – Lost At Sea – April 14, 2012

Alexis T. Busch – Lost At Sea – April 14, 2012

Alexis T. Busch: A woman who set her own course, swept up in a tragedy – MLB – Sporting News

Just 26, so much of Busch’s joie de vivre revolved around her deep affection for baseball. She was barely out of diapers when she began hanging around Candlestick Park, a 2-year-old spitfire tagging along with her father, Corey, then a Giants executive. Eventually she became the club’s first-ever batgirl, a rare sight in MLB circles. She had the sort of charisma that made people take notice. Giants president Larry Baer said that by the time Busch was a teenager, she’d be at the ballpark four or five hours before games to help with batting practice. She’d shag flies, scrape gum off the dugout floor, do all the glamorous tasks required of ballkids.

via A woman who set her own course, swept up in a tragedy – MLB – Sporting News.

Alexis T. Busch – Photos – California Women’s Baseball League

Alexis T. Busch – Photos – California Women’s Baseball League

Alexis T. Busch – 8/15/1985 – Lost at Sea on 4/14/2012

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“I can think of no better place than in this ballpark, where she gave the biggest piece of her heart, to say thank you to Alex for showing me what it is to be a true friend…” – Giants legends turn out to honor sailor Alexis Busch at AT&T Park – Marin Independent Journal

Busch constantly reminded those around the Giants that she could do anything that the boys could do. Novato’s Ted Griggs, vice president and general manager of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, remembered a particular time when she helped open his eyes. … Continue reading →

Alexis T. Busch: “I’m not a girl. I’m a ballplayer…” – Giants pay tribute to former ballgirl Busch | MLB.com: News

As the tributes demonstrated, Busch’s personality inevitably emerged through her love for the Giants. Larry Baer, the club’s president and CEO, said that Busch eclipsed the great Willie Mays in one respect. “Willie was a Giant for 22 years,” Baer … Continue reading →

Alexis T. Busch: Public memorial service set for lost sailor and former Giants bat girl | San Francisco Giants: The Splash | an SFGate.com blog

The memorial service will begin on Monday, April 30 at 1 p.m. Attendees can park across the Lefty O’Doul’s/Third Street Bridge and enter the ballpark through the Willie Mays Gate starting at 12:30 p.m. via Public memorial service set for … Continue reading →

Alexis T. Busch – “The game of baseball has lost one of its most passionate vicars, a woman who held the deepest conviction of the beauty and infallibility of the game’s perfection…” – pacificsbaseball.com

The game of baseball has lost one of its most passionate vicars, a woman who held the deepest conviction of the beauty and infallibility of the game’s perfection. Her soul will forever be inextricably bound to the game she loved and … Continue reading →

Pacifics to Dedicate 2012 Season to Alexis Busch

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Alexis Busch’s family will be holding a celebration of her life on Monday, April 30 at 1PM at AT&T Park in San Francisco

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Family and Friends, Our beloved Alexis is among 4 sailors missing after a tragic sailing accident off the coast of San Francisco on Saturday April 14th. Alex was just 26, an incredible young woman with a wonderful life ahead of her. … Continue reading →

Alexis T. Busch

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Alexis T. Busch representing Baulkham Hills at the 2011 Sydney Invitational Women’s Baseball Tournament

Alexis T. Busch representing Baulkham Hills at the 2011 Sydney Invitational Women’s Baseball Tournament

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Alexis T. Busch: Public memorial service set for lost sailor and former Giants bat girl | San Francisco Giants: The Splash | an SFGate.com blog

The memorial service will begin on Monday, April 30 at 1 p.m. Attendees can park across the Lefty O’Doul’s/Third Street Bridge and enter the ballpark through the Willie Mays Gate starting at 12:30 p.m.

via Public memorial service set for lost sailor and former Giants bat girl | San Francisco Giants: The Splash | an SFGate.com blog.

GPB Comment:

While I have already posted this similar message a few days back: that it is now published in the mainstream press no one should be shy about attending, thinking this is a family-only gathering.

Bat girl who greeted Bonds after 500th homer among missing sailors | San Francisco Giants: The Splash | an SFGate.com blog

When Barry Bonds hit his 500th career home run on April 17, 2001, at what was then called Pacific Bell Park, the only person to greet him at home plate was a teenaged bat girl named Alexis Busch. They shared a fist bump.

via Bat girl who greeted Bonds after 500th homer among missing sailors | San Francisco Giants: The Splash | an SFGate.com blog.

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Full Crew Farallones Race – yra.org

Full Crew Farallones Race

On April 14th, 2012 The Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco Bay learned from the U.S. Coast Guard that the sailing vessel the “Low Speed Chase”, was lost during the 2012 Full Crew Farallones Race. The accident occurred around 3:00 pm as the “Low Speed Chase” was rounding the South Farallon Island. There were eight sailors aboard at the time. Three crew members, James Bradford from Chicago, Brian Chong of Tiburon, and Nick Vos of Sonoma, were successfully rescued by the Coast Guard. One crew member, Marc Kasanin of Belvedere, was confirmed dead at the time of the rescue and four crewmembers were reported missing.

We would like to offer our sincere thanks to the US Coast Guard for their search and rescue efforts but it is with heavy hearts that we must acknowledge after an extensive 30 hour search the Coast Guard has reluctantly called off the search for the four missing crew, now identified as Alexis Busch of Larspur, Alan Cahill of Tiburon, Jordan Fromm of San Rafael, and Elmer Morrisey, from Ireland.

The Full Crew Farallones race is a 48 mile ocean race, departing from just west of Aquatic Park on the San Francisco City Front, rounding the Farallon Islands and returning to the finish along the San Francisco City Front. It has been held annually for over 100 years and is part of a thriving ocean racing circuit popular in San Francisco Bay. The 2012 Full Crew Farallones race had 61 boats entered to race, with 52 boats actually crossing the starting line at 0945 Saturday morning.

On behalf of The Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco Bay, The Ocean Yacht Racing Association, and the Board of Directors, we would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the lost and deceased crew of the “Low Speed Chase”. The San Francisco sailing community is large but tight-knit and this tragedy will remain in our hearts and minds for a long time.

For more information you can visit the US Coast Guard Media Port here

Alexis T. Busch – Coast Guard suspends search for four missing crewmembers off the Farallon Islands – uscgnews.com

Sailing fans reel over yacht race death – 4 missing | Full Page

The 38-foot racing craft, named the Low Speed Chase, was one of 49 boats competing in this years contest, which began at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. The race has been held annually since 1907 and is sponsored by the Offshore Yacht Racing Association in Alameda.

The sailboat had an experienced seven-man, one-woman crew including Capt. James Bradford of Chicago, who owns the boat and survived the accident. Other survivors are Nick Voss of Sonoma, in his mid-20s, and Brian Chong of Belvedere, in his late 30s, Lynch said.

Lynch identified the missing sailors as Alan Cahill of Tiburon, a boat technician in his mid-30s who has a wife and two children; Alexis Busch of Larkspur, who is in her mid-20s; Jordan Fromm, 25, of Ross; and Elmer Morrissey, early 30s, of Ireland.

All were wearing life vests and foul-weather gear, Lynch said.

via Sailing fans reel over yacht race death – 4 missing | Full Page.