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Little League World Series broadcasts inequality

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

By Laura Pappano If it’s late August, it must be Little League World Series time – and our annual reminder of why Title IX is needed, but not enough. The disparities in treatment, support, and attention for male and female athletes begins early, and nowhere is it more obvious than in Little ...

Justine Siegal on throwing BP at MLB spring training: Why are people surprised that a woman can do this?

Friday, February 25th, 2011

By Megan Wood and Laura Pappano Justine Siegal, founder of BaseBall for All, made news this week when she became the first woman to throw batting practice to a major league baseball team at spring training. She threw for the Cleveland Indians on Monday and the Oakland A's on Wednesday. Siegal, ...

Little League on TV: Baseball 62, Softball 3 (what should girls think?)

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

By Megan Wood Last night I caught the Little League Softball World Series semi-finals on ESPN2 -- two exciting games that will have Warner Robins, Georgia squaring off against Burbank, California in the finals tonight. Never mind that one of the games was a 1-0 win in which Warner Robins pitcher, ...

Who says “blue” must be male? Female baseball umpire Perry Barber wants more women making the calls.

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

By Megan Wood When umpire Perry Barber steps behind the catcher, fans often do a double-take when they glimpse the ponytail resting on the back of her uniform. Female umpires are not only rare, but practically unheard of.  Barber is one of only eight women to umpire professional baseball, officiating around ...

Thank you, Sylvia Pressler

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

By Laura Pappano News of Judge Sylvia Pressler’s death last week – at 75 at a family home in Sparta, NJ – drew a few paragraphs in the newspaper, but hardly attracted huge attention. And yet, as spring training gets underway and kids prepare for Little League tryouts (now a winter affair), ...

Little League World Series TV: Baseball 36; Softball 3

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

By Laura Pappano The visual is stunning. Click here to see the Little League Softball World Series championship TV schedule.  You’ll find ESPN2 (the channel broadcasting women’s college hoops unless there is a men’s game that can’t fit the ESPN or network schedule) is showing two semi-final games on Tues., Aug. 18 ...

First Woman to Coach Men’s Professional Baseball: Stop Switching Girls to Softball!

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

By Laura Pappano Justine Siegal is billed by her team, The Brockton Rox, as the first woman to coach men’s professional baseball (they play in the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball or Can-Am League). She is also founder of BaseBall for All, which supports female players and provides baseball instruction around ...

Mackenzie Brown Tells How She Got So Good, Why Girls Who Love Baseball Should Ignore Critics — and What She Was Thinking When She Threw Out the First Pitch at a Mets Game

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

On April 21, Bayone, N.J. Little Leaguer Mackenzie Brown pitched a perfect game, retiring all 18 boys who got up to bat; she was invited to throw out the first pitch a Met's game a few days later. By Mackenzie Brown I started playing baseball for the Cal Ripken League in Bayonne ...

35 years of girls in Little League: Where are all the players?

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

By Laura Pappano In our insta-age, everything you hear about is old the second you’re in on it. But one big secret isn’t out: Girls are allowed to play baseball. (Well, kind of). It’s 35 years since President Gerald Ford signed legislation opening Little League to girls, but it remains a shocker ...