In 2022, the United States will mark the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the groundbreaking civil rights legislation that prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex in educational institutions receiving federal funds. Although the law was not specifically aimed at athletics, it had wide-reaching effects in sports for women and girls, particularly in increasing opportunities and participation.
In the past few years, women in baseball have seen big leaps forward, but in addition to the milestones of the current moment, there is still much to uncover about the history of women and girls participating in the game, not just in the US but worldwide.
To mark the anniversary of Title IX, the Spring 2022 issue of SABR’s Baseball Research Journal is seeking research articles on women and girls in baseball. All topics and eras are welcome, from 19th-century Bloomer Girls teams through statistical analysis of 21st-century collegiate women. A specific tie to Title IX is not necessary. Topics could include:
- a history of women’s leagues of the past 50 years (NEWBL, CWBL, etc)
- a history of the Women’s Baseball World Cup and other international women’s tournaments
- Baseball for All, founded by SABR member Justine Siegal
- Pawtucket Slaterettes: first all girls baseball league in the US
- Judy Walden Scarafile, longtime president of the Cape Cod League
- Biomechnical analysis of female pitchers
- Women’s baseball in Australia
- Professional women’s baseball league in Japan
Please pitch abstracts or synopses to Publications Director Cecilia Tan at firstname.lastname@example.org before August 15, 2021.
All articles in the Baseball Research Journal are subject to anonymous peer review. First drafts will be due by November 1 for publication in the spring journal. For more details on SABR publication guidelines, click here.
Originally published: July 20, 2021. Last Updated: July 20, 2021.