PHOENIX (AP) — She’s not as nervous facing major league hitters the second time around. Justine Siegal just wants people to know that girls who love baseball can achieve their dreams and become involved in the game at the highest level….
PLANT CITY – Supermodel Niki Taylor visited City Hall this morning to deliver a $1,000 check from Reader’s Digest and to recognize Little League pitcher Chelsea Baker, who will be featured in the May issue.
Taylor presented the check to Mayor Dan Raulerson, who said the city will donate the cash to Little League. Raulerson praised Chelsea, who gained nationwide fame after pitching two perfect games in less than a year…
Indians Manager Manny Acta described her work as ‘pretty impressive.’
‘It was wonderful to have her pitch for us because she’s from Cleveland,’ Acta said. ‘I believe her dad and grandfather still have season tickets. It’s multigenerational. For her to do this with our ball club was very special.’
Raised in Cleveland, where she began playing baseball at 5, a young Siegal would lie in bed at night dreaming of a career in professional baseball, and of one day taking the field as a member of the Indians…
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Though an all-girls baseball team suffered two losses at this weekend’s Midland Winter Blast tournament, each player left with a bigger, united dream still intact. Each wants to be the first female to make it to the big leagues.
The Dream Team, composed of 11 girls between the ages of 12 and 13 from across the U.S., defeated a boys team from Hobbs by 10-2 on Saturday, and subsequently lost 7-8 to the Diamond Kings from Odessa. On Sunday, the team lost 0-2 in the last inning on two RBIs after intentionally walking a player from Crossfire Baseball of Amarillo.
The team was formed after the girls had a chance to play together in a tournament last summer and has already made history by being the first all-girls baseball team to be invited to the USSSA World Series baseball tournament in July. Assistant coach Randall McCrackin said the team’s ultimate goal this year is to qualify for the USSSA Elite World Series, which consists of the top 32 baseball teams of each age group in the U.S.
‘The girls love to play baseball,’ McCrackin said. ‘They don’t want someone to throw them the ball slower or for the field to be smaller…’
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Post-Bracket Game Schedule: 12:00 & 2:00 Today, 12/12/2010: Dream Team – South Nevada USSSA – Vegas Valley Baseball – Winter Blast – Big League Dreams Park – Baseball Boys 13 & Under Open – Dream Team – First Seed – 2-0 Bracket Play – 12-11-2010
|Phoenix Cup 2010 Dual Squad – North America and China Long Zhu – Players and Info|
About the North American Liberty Belles:
The North American Liberty Belles is a women’s baseball tournament team that includes players from the United States and Canada. Its players participate in various women’s baseball leagues and women’s baseball teams in North America, including other women’s baseball tournament teams. Some of its members also play in men’s baseball leagues and in men’s/coed baseball competitions. The varying levels of experience of the Belles include youth baseball and softball, high school baseball and softball, adult recreational and elite level baseball and softball, collegiate baseball, collegiate softball, professional softball, and women’s national team baseball. Some of the players also have coaching and instructing experience in baseball and softball, and some are women’s baseball organizers and promoters. The North American Liberty Belles originally was created for the 2009 Hong Kong Phoenix Cup Women’s International Baseball Tournament and continues to play as a tournament team in other competitions in addition to the annual Hong Kong Phoenix Cups. This year, we are glad to have the girls from the Shenzhen Lung Zhu High School join us in the tournament.
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About the China Long Zhu Players:
Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Pearl School Description:
Pearl School was established in 2006 to do a public junior high schools, located in Nanshan District, Shenzhen Tong Lang foot of the mountains and beautiful environment. Shenzhen, only one school of international standard baseball stadium. Baseball, softball is the features of the school project, only one school, the school set up a women’s softball team each year to participate in national competitions, and have achieved good results. School softball team in 2009 to participate in youth softball games, Guangdong Province, won the third place
Preliminary notes from Shawna Macurio, Principal, North American Liberty Belles:
There are 6 of us from the States and Canada going (5 of our core Belles players and a gal from the D.C. Thunder). We will combine with 6 gals from the Long Zhu school in Shenzhen, which is next to Hong Kong in mainland China. They play both fastpitch and baseball and have been training almost everyday for the past 2 years. We will have 2 of our coaches there (Rocky Ostrom and Philipe Yan), and Long Zhu will also have 2 coaches there.
I heard there will be 7 teams there counting us. There will be 2 from Korea this year…
Chasing Baseball received a starred review by Library Journal in its annual “Baseball Roundup” article. It’s the hope of publishers to land a couple of title in the article, which serves as a best-of guide for librarians. A starred review comes rarely–and this year there were only three out of 22…
Mills, Dorothy Seymour. Chasing Baseball: Our Obsession with Its History, Numbers, People and Places. McFarland. Apr. 2010. c.478p. bibliog. index. ISBN 978-0-7864-4289-8. pap. $39.95.
Mills is a veteran baseball author, but much was in uncredited assistance to her husband, the late pioneering baseball scholar Harold Seymour. Now she presents her own first-person examination of the assumptions that surround baseball—e.g., its American origins and its necessary masculinity. Elegantly and calmly, she sets us straight, crediting other SABR researchers along the way. In Part 1, “A Manly Pursuit,” she casts a clear light on such trends as fantasy baseball, growing even as the watching of baseball itself has declined, with sandlot, street, and amateur baseball almost extinct. She reminds us that baseball, as our national pastime, has represented our country at its most disturbing, supporting not only segregation in the past but “faith nights” now, which impose evangelical Christianity on passively consenting fans. In Part 2, “A Womanly Pursuit,” Mills notes the women who have in fact played baseball, albeit excluded from the MLB and subject to ridicule, and the responsibility of collegiate sports and the Little League in shunting women into softball. A fascinating read that will be especially inspiring for women who love the game
Chasing Baseball – Our Obsession with Its History, Numbers, People and Places
By Dorothy Seymour Mills
Foreword by Richard C. Crepeau
Despite worries about baseball’s decline, deep interest in memorabilia, fantasy baseball, exhibits, and the games themselves indicate the sport is surviving steroid scandals, negative publicity, and the perception that the game is more nostalgia than a part of current popular culture. This book shows that while basket- ball and football might enjoy wider popularity today, no sport elicits the passion—or inspires the slightly off-kilter, obsessive behavior—that baseball does.
Writer and consultant Dorothy Seymour Mills is the author of seventeen books. The first female historian in the Society for American Baseball Research, she is a member of the Association for Women in Sports Media. She lives in Naples, Florida.
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