Justine Siegal: Promoting women's baseball in a league of her own
From Jason Kornwitz at Northeastern.edu on December 21, 2012, on SABR member Justine Siegal:
“There is nothing special about me,” said Siegal, who for the last 15 years has been one of the most prominent advocates for women in baseball. “I’m only 5-foot-7, with decent athletic ability and average smarts,” she added, “but I have passion and determination.”
Siegal’s humanitarian mission is to expand women’s baseball in every corner of the globe. In the late 90s, she founded the nonprofit organization Baseball For All, and today serves as the chair of the Women’s Baseball Development Commission at the International Baseball Federation.
Siegal noted that eight countries currently compete in the Women’s Baseball World Cup, which was held for the first time in 2004. “That didn’t exist when I was growing up,” said Siegal, who developed a sharp curve and 75-mile-per-hour fastball while playing ball with the boys in high school. “If a girl wants to play, now she can.”
History follows this sports pioneer. In the spring of 2009, for example, Siegal signed a contract to coach first base for the Brockton Rox of the independent Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball.
Read the full article here: http://www.northeastern.edu/news/2012/12/justinesiegal/
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