Francis: Cooperstown symposium features deep dive into women on the diamond

From SABR member Bill Francis at on June 2, 2017, with mention of SABR members Jean Hastings Ardell and Justine Siegal:

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum chronicles the history of the game throughout the world. But sometimes, history is happening right in Cooperstown.

On June 1, the Cooperstown Symposium hosted the seventh annual Skirting the Issue panel moderated by Jean Hastings Ardell. The panel, held in the Museum’s Bullpen Theater and entitled The High Times and Challenges of Women Who Play Baseball, included Gabrielle Augustine, Marti Sementelli, Justine Siegal, and Kat Williams. Topics covered included each panelist’s introduction to the game, a favorite moment from their careers and how male perception of women players have changed.

Both Williams, a professor at Marshall University and president of the International Women’s Baseball Center, and Siegal, founder of Baseball For All, talked about some of the challenges they faced when they played, but noted that the newer generations have become more open to the idea of women in baseball.

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Originally published: June 5, 2017. Last Updated: June 5, 2017.