Vascellaro: ‘Shutout!’ Women have to battle to play baseball

From SABR member Charlie Vascellaro at espnW on October 9, 2018, with mention of SABR members Justine Siegal and Jon Leonoudakis:

For all of baseball’s self-congratulatory braggadocio about being a “national pastime,” the game isn’t exactly inclusive. Opportunities to play baseball have remained elusive for women and girls, especially after reaching a certain age.

Given a prime-time slot at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s 13th annual film festival in Cooperstown, New York, in late September, “Shutout! The Battle American Women Wage to Play Baseball,” presented a multi-pronged inquiry into the systematic exclusion of girls and women from Little League to the big leagues, while also chronicling their successes and achievements in the face of tremendous adversity at all levels.

“All of this is tied to the much larger issue of how women in our country are marginalized,” said the documentary’s director, Jon Leonoudakis. “It seems to be woven into the fabric of American culture and history.”

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Originally published: October 10, 2018. Last Updated: October 10, 2018.