“Equal to the Game: Women and Baseball” Symposium

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 4:30-9:00 p.m.

Villalobos Hall, 13507 Earlham Drive

Whittier College, Whittier, California

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Institute for Baseball Studies will present a symposium, “Equal to the Game: Women and Baseball,” on Wednesday, March 29, from 4:30 to 9:00 p.m., in Villalobos Hall, 13507 Earlham Drive, on the campus of Whittier College. Sponsored in collaboration with the USC Annenberg Institute of Sports, Media and Society and the International Women’s Baseball Center, the symposium will feature a panel of alumnae from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League as well as scholarly presentations on women and baseball.  Presentations will begin at 4:30 p.m. and conclude at 9:00 p.m.  A seventh-inning stretch for a baseball supper will be from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Here’s the lineup for the day’s activities:

Pre-Game (Noon to 4:15 p.m.):

Exhibits of historic photographic reproductions, artworks, and artifacts in the Wardman Library Foyer and the Shannon Center for the Performing Arts Lobby, including prints from the John Kovach Women’s Baseball Collection and paintings by Ben Sakoguchi.  The Institute for Baseball Studies (Mendenhall Building, Room 310) will also be open, and will feature a special display of photographs and artworks of women in baseball.

First Pitch (4:30-6:15 p.m.):

“Bloomer Girls: Women Baseball Pioneers,” by Dr. Debra Shattuck, Provost and Associate Professor of History at John Witherspoon College (Rapid City, South Dakota) and author of Bloomer Girls: Women Baseball Pioneers.

“Women’s Collegiate Baseball: Then and Now,” by Dr. Callie Batts Maddox, Whittier College alumna and Assistant Professor of Kinesiology & Health at Miami (Ohio) University.

Making My Pitch: A Woman’s Baseball Odyssey (the story of Ila Borders, former Whittier College student athlete and pitcher for the St. Paul Saints and other teams), by Ila Borders and Jean Hastings Ardell, baseball historian and author of Breaking into Baseball: Women and the National Pastime.

Seventh Inning Stretch (6:15-7:00 p.m.):

Baseball fare: Hot dogs, popcorn, and drinks.

Final Frames (7:00-9:00 p.m.):

“But It Does Matter If We Get to Play,” by Dr. Kat Williams, President of the International Women’s Baseball Center, Associate Professor of American History at Marshall University (Huntington, West Virginia), and author of The All-American Girls After the AAGPBL: How Playing Pro Ball Shaped Their Lives.

A panel of alumnae from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), the inspiration for A League of Their Own, will include Shirley Burkovich, who played from 1949-1951 for the Chicago Colleens, Springfield Sallies, and Rockford Peaches, and Maybelle Blair, who played in 1948 for the Peoria Redwings.

For inquiries or further information, contact Joe Price, Co-Director of the Institute for Baseball Studies, by e-mail at jprice@whittier.edu or by phone at (562) 907-4803.

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