In 2012, educator Al Vernacchio gave a TED talk about everyone’s favorite things: pizza and sex. He was concerned with the fact that sex has too often been associated with baseball. Personally, I love this new pizza metaphor for sex. Whenever I heard the baseball/sex metaphor it was usually a man talking and I mean come on! It’s such a sexist way to describe sex. Plus I never liked baseball, so I’m a little biased.
Vernacchio shares ... Read More
BY Sonia Edwards
on Aug 20, 2014
I don't think I’ve been this interested in Little League baseball since… well, ever.
Mo’ne Davis, a 13-year-old from Philadelphia, threw a two-hitter this past weekend at her team’s opening game at the Little League World Series. For those of you who aren’t familiar with baseball lingo, that’s pretty damn good. Davis is only one of the two female players at the LLWS, and is now the first female pitcher in history to win ... Read More
BY Maggie Carr
on Dec 11, 2012
I can’t get behind elaborate touchdown dances or emotionally overwrought ESPN documentaries, but I’ll always appreciate the hard work of the mascots on the sidelines.
One of my earliest sports memories is being nuzzled by the Phillie Phanatic as I played a pre-game show on the field with my elementary school band. (Popularity: I haz it.) And at my alma mater, inflatable mascot (and John McCain doppelganger) Baldwin the Eagle was known for a tricky ... Read More
When French painter and printmaker Amelie Mancini moved to New York in 2006, she didn’t even know what a “curveball” was--but after she went to her first night game at Shea Stadium, baseball became one of the central themes of her work. She started Left Field Cards in 2011, putting a cheeky spin on the common baseball card, and was met with immediate success.
Left Field Cards has three (and counting) series; each features ten real ... Read More
on Feb 23, 2011
36-year-old Justine Siegal was the first woman to pitch for Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians at spring training batting practice this Monday. Although she now lives in Springfield, Massachusetts, she grew up in Cleveland rooting for the Indians.
Justine is the Founder and Executive Director of Baseball for All “a nonprofit organization that provides meaningful opportunities and instruction in baseball, especially for girls. ... Read More
Chelsea Baker, a 13-year-old Floridian, has beat the boys with her killer 65 mph knuckle ball. Being the only girl on a boys-only sports team can't be easy but Baker certainly makes it look that way. Her team has been undefeated the past four seasons, due to her perfect pitch (2 of her games were actually perfect, striking out every batter). You go, girl! However, I'm not surprised that she kicks ass at baseball, only that she has managed to make it this far. I ... Read More
Toni Stone is one hell of a woman. She's also one of the best baseball players you've never heard of. Since women's leagues refused her eligibility due to the color of her skin, Stone ended up playing alongside men in the Negro League. She became the first woman to play professionally in the league against big-shots like Ernie Banks, Willie Mays, Buck O’Neil, and Satchel Paige. Today she's often referred to as 'the female Jackie Robinson'.
Author Martha ... Read More