Teenage girl playing baseball
Justine Siegal, Ph. In , she became the first woman to pitch a major league batting practice. In , Siegal became the first woman to be hired as a coach by a Major League Baseball team when she served as an instructional league guest coach for the Athletics. As Siegal explains, the lack of outlet for baseball-playing women colors the experience of baseball-playing girls.
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She was one of two girls who played in the Little League World Series and was the first girl to earn a win and to pitch a shutout in Little League World Series history. She was the 18th girl overall to play, the sixth to get a hit, and the first African-American girl to play in the Little League World Series. She was also the first Little League baseball player to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated as a Little League player. In , Steve Bandura, who is program director for Marian Anderson Recreation Center in South Philadelphia, observed Davis playing football with her cousins and older brother. He noticed that "she was throwing this football in perfect spirals, effortless and running these tough kids down and tackling them. When she came to practice, Bandura asked her to watch the practice, but she wanted to participate.
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Because if her baseball career follows that of most girls who love the sport, it will be over by high school. In these sports, and others, athletes can even earn a college scholarship. Sure, girls can play softball in high school and college. Siegal says there are , girls playing youth baseball.
Chelsea Baker—a high school junior who's all of 5'2"—was never supposed to be the best player on the baseball diamond. She wasn't supposed to go undefeated as a pitcher in her first varsity season or have her old Little League jersey on display in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. She wasn't supposed to play exhibitions in Japan or earn an offer to join a women's professional league there. Chelsea Baker, a girl playing a boy's game, has done all those things and more. So, you have to wonder, does the year-old think a woman will ever pitch in the majors?