Grossfeld: Inaugural Red Sox women’s fantasy camp is a huge hit

From Stan Grossfeld at the Boston Globe on January 28, 2016, with mention of SABR members Justine Siegal and Perry Barber:

Maybelle Blair, 89, still has her fastball, at least verbally. And she let some Red Sox legends feel the heat moments before the start of the inaugural Red Sox Women’s Fantasy Camp at JetBlue Park.

“This isn’t a sewing bee or a baking contest,” said Blair, a former pitcher in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, the pioneering 1940s circuit that inspired the 1992 movie “A League of Their Own.”

Former Red Sox Trot Nixon, Alan Embree, Rico Petrocelli, Butch Hobson, Brian Daubach, and Rich Gedman were sitting at a table signing autographs in a windowless room. They all stopped. She had their undivided attention.

“They want to play baseball,” said Blair. “So treat ’em just like you treat the guys. Don’t be nice to them.”

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Originally published: January 29, 2016. Last Updated: January 29, 2016.