Did you know there is a professional women’s baseball league? It’s true in the form of a biannual event, the Women’s Baseball World Cup. It draws from female athletes from over a dozen countries around the world, all except the United States. After watching Matthew Temple’s documentary Hardball: The Girls of Summer, I was surprised I never knew about women’s professional baseball and never knew they used to train just a few miles from my home at Cal State Fullerton.
“…a professional women’s baseball league?…It exists in over a dozen countries around the world, except the United States.”
Hardball: The Girls of Summer makes a convincing case for the need for women’s baseball in the U.S. First when you take your daughter to baseball games, you be surprised by how they may just want to play the game. Why? Because it’s fun. You’d also be surprised, who quickly we as parents shut down that “nonsense.” Temple shows that women’s baseball didn’t end with the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League as portrayed in A League of Their Own. It ended when we and the powers-that-be just didn’t give a damn.
In 1973, girls won the right in court to play little league baseball, which led to a creative loophole…Women’s Softball. And now there’s something for the men and the women (we’re so smart). While softball looks a lot like baseball, it’s just not the same. Hardball spotlights a few of the growing number of women, who insist on playing America’s pastime, including the members of the Sonoma Stompers Kelsie Whitmore and Stacy Piagno, and veteran player, Tamara Holmes. Their love of baseball started as children, and they fought their way to play and find some semblance of acceptance in Little League, high school, college, and the majors. As you can imagine, the road of skepticism, bullying, and outrage, was not easy.
"…"...a large contingent of women who want to play the game...""