Women's Baseball History
The inaugural was held in Edmonton ( ) in the summer of , after having been chartered by the IBAF in . Before this tournament, the only other international women's baseball competition was the , that were played for the first time in 2001, following the success of a game played in in Tokyo between and in front of fans. and joined USA and Japan and hosted the and editions, while the were played in the (St. Petersburg ,Florida).
The edition featured a record participants, with , , and joining the tournament. After that edition, the were overshadowed by the and became a merely American event played at the "Disney Wide World of sport" complex in Orlando, Florida.
hasactually been played in the United States of Americasince late 19 century. in was the first woman to pitch in a baseball match against men and people believe she inspired the world known baseball anthem "Take me out to the ball game".
in the appeared in exhibition baseball games, including the (both in the and ). In Olympic hero (in the in Los Angeles she won the gold medal both in javelin throw and 80 metres hurdles) pitched exhibition games for the Athletics, Cardinals and Indians.
enjoyed the most success in the years from . Those were the seasons when the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League () thrived. The league was born thanks to Chicago Cubs owner Originally the ball was pitched underhand, but the rule was changed in , when smaller size balls where introduced. In the history of the league inspired a movie named "A league of their own", directed by and starring , and .
In the Women's National Adult Baseball Association () was born. By it had over teams affiliated in States in the US. The same year pitched for the Duluth Dukes in the independent , becoming the first woman to play pro baseball.
In a business man from San Diego named launched a professional league called . The league was cancelled after playing 12 games of a 56 game schedule in the second season.
After the was launched, 2 more women signed pro contracts: in joined (at age 16) the newly formed independentin and in signed for the Chico Outlaws in the independent in the USAIn the same seasonjoined the independent .
The edition will be played in in , .
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