Bertothy: Naugatuck scrimmage against women’s team goes beyond baseball

From Ernie Bertothy at Citizen’s News on July 14, 2018, with mention of SABR member Perry Barber:

The Naugatuck Hackers needed a baseball team to scrimmage the last weekend of June, and they found a group of ladies who gave them all they could handle on the field.

It made for good competition for the borough-based team. The teams played a men-versus-women modified, one-inning game that ended in a scoreless draw.

The teams next split up to compete in a co-ed game on a field with the backdrop of farmland and hills not far from Interstate 91 in Central Massachusetts.

“We’re just trying to do our little part that women have a place in baseball,” said Mike Doran, who has managed the Hackers for the last 14 years and led the effort to organize the game.  “People should be aware that women can compete with men.”


Doran went a step further and reached out to Perry Barber, a professional female umpire who has worked games at all levels around the world, including Major League Baseball’s spring training.  Barber traveled from her home in New York City to umpire the game behind the plate.

Barber was recently honored with the Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). This award recognizes Barber’s tireless advocacy for women in baseball.

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Originally published: July 19, 2018. Last Updated: July 19, 2018.