Pro women's baseball league in USA? Rockford Peaches player Sue Parsons Zipay is working on it

Pro women's baseball league in USA? Rockford Peaches player Sue Parsons Zipay is working on it
20/11/2020
Surveys are being sent to women's baseball players in the United States, Canada, Cuba, Venezuela and Japan, in order to measure overall interest in the project.

Sue Parsons Zipay founded American Girls Baseball, an affiliate organization of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) Players Association, intending to create a professional women's baseball league in the United States.

Zipay, now 86, played in the final two seasons (1953, 1954) of the AAGPBL, the women's professional league that inspired the film A League of Their Own.

The former ballplayer, who is a native of Massachusetts and currently resides in Englewood, Florida, thinks a new women's baseball league in the US could launch as soon as 2021.

American Girls Baseball is sending out a survey to women's baseball players in the United States, Canada, Cuba, Venezuela and Japan, in order to measure overall interest in the project.

Zipay envisions a Fall or Winter League using Major League Baseball spring training venues, which are mostly dormant in October, November and December.

"I’d like to see it gain a good, strong foothold before I go to the big diamond in the sky," Zipay said. "That motivates me."

Zipays says retired citizens who move to Florida are a prime audience for a new women's baseball league.

Japan is currently the only country that features a women's professional baseball league, and the country has won the last six WBSC Women's Baseball World Cups and is No. 1 in the WBSC Women Baseball World Rankings.

The US is currently ranked fifth in the world in women's baseball.

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