The 2012 Women’s Baseball World Cup is set to start in a couple of weeks at Telus Field in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The Cup, which will see its first pitch on August 10th and run through the finals on August 19th, will see an eight team field play each other once in Round Robin play with the best four teams advancing to the knockout round, available on Direct TV packages, with the winners playing for Gold. The eight teams set to play for the title are Canada and the United States from North America, Cuba from Central America, Venezuela from South America, Japan and Chinese Taipei from Asia, the Netherlands from Europe, and Australia from Oceania. This will be the fifth Women’s Baseball World Cup. The United States won the first two Cups, played in 2004 and 2006, while Japan has broken through and taken the last two in 2008 and 2010. Expect both teams to figure prominently into the proceedings, as will host Canada who has won three medals in the past four games. In addition, Australia and Venezuela also teams that could sneak in for a medal. It should be an interesting tournament with more and more countries finding that they excel in the international game.
The San Diego Bandits want you to know that they are not a fast-pitch softball team and that they play hardball. They are very clear about that on their website. Currently they are part of the San Diego Adult Baseball League, the largest amateur adult baseball league in the country. In the past, they have played in women’s leagues and men’s leagues but now they play in an adult league.
The Bandit’s mission is, in part, to “provide an outlet for (more…)
Women’s baseball has an interesting story. Read on to discover pivotal events in this exciting sport.
In 1867, the first paid women’s baseball team was established in Philadelphia. The Dollly Vardens were an all-African American team, and they were created two years prior to the first professional men’s baseball team.
The first official women’s baseball game took place in 1875 between the Brunettes and the Blonds in Springfield, Illinois.
1876 saw the unveiling of the first official women’s baseball uniforms. The Resolutes wore high button shoes, embroidered belts, broad striped caps, long sleeved shirts, floor-length skirts and frilled (more…)
Doris Sams, better known on the field as Sammye, was a leading player in the AAGPBL (All-American Girls Professional Baseball League). In her eight-year professional career she was the five-time all-star, playing for the Muskegon Lassies and then the Kalamazoo Lassies.
Often described as a level-headed player, she was characterized as the glue that held the teams together. Fighting back adversity with strict and indomitable spirit – oh, and a baseball bat.
Then, on June 28, 2012, Doris Sams succumbed to her battle with Alzheimer’s and died.
Despite her legacy to baseball and her induction into the Hall of Fame, what many people remember Sams for was her ability to change the face of baseball and public sports as a whole. Women like Sams showed that women, too, could compete on the field and her actions were so inspirational that a movie was even based around her exploits.
While not being based on any particular moment in Doris Sams’s life, A League of Their Own was greatly inspired by her actions and centered on a women’s baseball team struggling for success. It’s a truly inspirational film and if you have services like www.ExpertSatellite.com, it’s worth looking for on any of the movie channels.
Doris, for all intents and purposes, is a hero to sports and many female athletes today owe women like her a debt of gratitude. She should never be forgotten.
Baseball is often referred to as America’s Pastime, and for good reason. Baseball has served as a source of American entertainment since before the Civil War began in 1861. However, people often overlook the fact that women have a rich and storied history in baseball.
During World War II, while a vast majority of able-bodied men left to fight for our country, women were able to take on roles that had previously been reserved for their husbands, fathers, and sons. This included (more…)
It is rather interesting when you parallel the rise of professional women’s baseball and women’s softball around the world. When softball was introduced into the Summer Olympics in 1996, it as thought of primarily of a US game, with the results proving this true. That year, the US mowed through their competition in route to a gold medal. While the US won gold in 2000 and 2004, you could see the competition ramp up, finally culminating in 2008 when the US was beaten by Japan in the gold medal game. In women’s (more…)
Ever since the first women’s baseball game was played in 1875 where the two teams, named the Blondes and the Brunettes, played in Springfield, Illiniois, the rich history of women’s baseball has been cultivating and growing. Over the many years from 1875 to now, women have played in All-Star Games, been banned from the minor leagues, and umpired, but through all of the ups and downs the first generation of women baseball players had to endure, all of (more…)
What it takes to make a professional baseball team can be many different things. Most people have the perception that you can just put together a team and they will be a professional team. That is not how it works even though it sounds like a great idea. Here are some tips to help you design the perfect professional team you will be proud of.
One of the first things people have to remember about putting together a professional team is not the most talented team always wins. The key to (more…)
The 2012 Women’s Baseball World Cup is set to start in a couple of weeks at Telus Field in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The Cup, which will see its first pitch on August 10th and run through the finals on August 19th, will see an eight team field play each other once in Round Robin play with the best four teams advancing to the knockout round, with the winners playing for Gold. The eight teams set to play for the title are Canada and the United States from North America, Cuba from Central America, Venezuela (more…)