Black Women Playing Baseball: An Introduction

This article was written by Leslie Heaphy

This article was published in the Spring 2022 Baseball Research Journal


LESLIE HEAPHY was elected to the SABR Board of Directors in 2010. She has been a member of SABR since 1989 and chair of the Women in Baseball Committee since 1995. She is on the board for the International Women’s Baseball Center. Leslie is an associate professor of history at Kent State University at Stark and publishes in the areas of the Negro Leagues and women’s baseball. In 2008, she became the founding editor of the journal Black Ball, published by McFarland. She lives in Canton, Ohio. She was the 2014 winner of the Bob Davids Award, SABR’s highest honor.