Hello everybody and welcome once again to talking sports let me throw the first pitch out there. Let’s go right to bat.
The Sonoma Stompers an indepedent league team in the Pacific Assocation of Professional Baseball make the news with the signing of not one but two female players.They will be in the starting lineup tomorrow night. They signed 17 year old Kelsie Whitemore from California and 25 Stacey Piagno from Florida. Whitemore pitches and plays outfield, and Piagno plays infield and also pitches. According to the team website these are the first two female professional players since 1950s when Toni Stone, Mamie “Peanut” Johnson and Constance Morgan played alongside men in the Negro Leagues.
I thought this was kind of interesting so I decided to do a little research to see what other females held there own against men. I guess we can go back to the 70″s when Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in tennis. There was Annika Sorenstam who played on the PGA Tours in the Bank of America Classic. Dr, Jen Welter Sports Pyschologist and the first female professional football player playing for the indoor Texas Revaluation, Tere was Manon Rheahume who in 1992 signed and played an exhibtion NHL Game with teh Tampa Bay Lightning as a goalie. I think the most famous of them all is Danica Patrick who holds her own in the racing world.
There have been others in the world of officiating Violette Palmer was the first female NBA Ref. There are others such as Lauren Holtkamp and Brenda Poltoja. There is also Sarah Thomas the first female official. Women are making there make in the world of mens sports. If they can play or Ref why not. I have officiated basketball, football and baseball with female officials and they all have down a great job .
There were trades !
Montreal traded PK Subban to Nashville for Shea Webber the Canadians defense just got a little older.. Edmonton traded Taylor Hall to New Jersey for Adam Larson not sure what Chirelli is thinking on this one.
Spent the weekend up at Old Orchard Beach watchig the Laser play in a wood bat American Legion tourney. It was pretty good baseball and the boys did well spliting 2-2 . Friday they played Cranston had a bad inning and lost . Laser got on with a walk and stole two bases and scored a run. Saturday Laser had a defensive lase playing right field he lost the ball off the glare of cars from the parking lot. It cost afew runs. he bounced back in the second game drawing a walk and stealing second. he moved over on a flyout and ended up scoring the winning run in extras. Sunday he almost beat out a grounder to the infield where the opposing coach and the umpire both told him great hustle.
Happy 4th to All be Safe.