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….
Justine Siegal talks to the media after pitching for the Cleveland Indians on February 21, 2011 in Goodyear, Arizona. GETTY IMAGES/Norm Hall:
Edmonton to host 2012 Women’s Baseball World Cup
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Edmonton to host 2012 Women’s Baseball World Cup
OTTAWA – The International Baseball Federation (IBAF) has announced that the City of Edmonton, Alberta will play host to the 2012 Women’s Baseball World Cup.
“We are elated and honoured to have been awarded this prestigious event,” says Ron Hayter, Chairman of the Edmonton International Baseball Foundation. “We also acknowledge that this would not have been possible without the strong support of Baseball Canada.”
The City of Edmonton, in conjunction with the Edmonton International Baseball Foundation (EIBF), has played host to seven previous international baseball events, including the inaugural Women’s Baseball World Cup in 2004, and most recently the 2008 World Junior Baseball Championship.
“Ron Hayter and the EIBF have done a wonderful job hosting international events in Edmonton in the past and we look forward to them putting on a great show once again in 2012,” says Baseball Canada President Ray Carter.
“It will be a great pleasure to go back to Edmonton, we have had some excellent experiences there and I am confident this edition of the Women’s World Cup will be no exception,” says Riccardo Fraccari, President of the IBAF.
The EIBF is a non-profit organization established in 1979 by Mr. Hayter in order to attract prominent international baseball events to Edmonton, starting with the 1981 Intercontinental Cup.
The 2012 Women’s World Cup will be the fifth edition of the event, a tournament that is held every two years. The United States won the first two World Cup tournaments, with Japan capturing the title at the last event in 2008. Canada has medaled in each of the first three events, winning bronze in 2004 and 2006 and taking silver as runner-up in 2008.
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La Coupe du monde de baseball féminin 2012 à Edmonton
Ottawa, Ontario – La Fédération internationale de baseball (IBAF) a annoncé que la ville d’Edmonton en Alberta jouera le rôle de ville-hôtesse pour la Coupe du monde de baseball féminin de 2012!
« Nous sommes excités et très honorés d’avoir été choisis pour la tenue de ce prestigieux tournoi », s’est exclamé Ron Hayter, le président du Edmonton International Baseball Foundation (EIBF) qui a également tenu à préciser que sans le soutien de Baseball Canada ce beau projet n’aurait pas été possible.
La ville d’Edmonton, avec la collaboration de l’Edmonton International Baseball Foundation (EIBF) a joué le rôle de ville-hôtesse pour des événements de baseball international à sept reprises par le passé, incluant d’ailleurs le premier tournoi de la Coupe du monde de baseball féminin en 2004 et plus récemment le Championnat mondial de baseball junior de 2008.
« Ron Hayter et l’EIBF seront des hôtes parfaits pour les meilleures équipes de baseball féminin du monde. Nous avons hâte très hâte d’assister à ce qui devrait être un excellent tournoi de baseball en 2012 », a soutenu Ray Carter, le président de Baseball Canada.
Des commentaires qui vont dans le même sens de la part de Riccardo Fraccari, lui qui préside aux destinées de l’IBAF « C’est avec plaisir que nous nous retrouverons de nouveau à Edmonton en 2012. Nos expériences passées dans cette ville ont été des plus agréables et nous sommes pleinement confiants que cette édition de la Coupe du monde de baseball féminin ne fera pas exception à la règle. »
L’EIBF est une organisation à but non lucratif fondée en 1979 par monsieur Hayter dans le but d’amener à Edmonton des tournois de baseball international. On se souviendra que tout avait bien commencé pour cet organisme qui avait présenté avec succès la Coupe intercontinentale en 1981.
En 2012, le tournoi de la Coupe du monde de baseball féminin, qui est présenté tous les deux ans, en sera à sa cinquième édition. Les États-Unis ont triomphé lors des deux premières éditions disputées en 2004 et 2006. En 2008, c’est le Japon qui a mérité du titre de champion mondial. Le Canada a remporté des médailles dans chacune des trois premières compétitions, méritant des médailles de bronze en 2004 et 2006 et une médaille d’argent en 2008.
|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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