Collins: Ila Borders walks with baseball’s greats

From Bob Collins at Minnesota Public Radio on March 5, 2019:

The Society for American Baseball Research has nominated a former Saint Paul Saint for a new award honoring women in baseball.

SABR’s Women in Baseball Committee has made Ila Borders one of nine nominees for the Dorothy Seymour Mills Award, named for the baseball historian whose name on a three-volume work carried only her husband’s name even though she researched and wrote much of it.

Borders was one of the first female starting pitchers on a professional baseball league team (women played in the Negro League) when she signed with the Saints in 1997. I wrote about her in 2017 when she returned to Duluth for a night in her honor. She was traded by the Saints to the Duluth-Superior Dukes, who won their only Northern League title with her on the roster.

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Originally published: March 5, 2019. Last Updated: March 5, 2019.