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.