The inspirational importance of Fox's 'Pitch'
Oftentimes, television is a medium that can take us away from the doldrums of everyday reality. That's one of the reasons it is so appealing. However, even the world of fantasy that is enclosed within that bright and colorful escape apparatus takes much of its subject matter from actual events. With Pitch, Fox is simply an extrapolating of what the life of Little League pitching sensation Mo'ne Davis might be 10 years down the line, with lots of hard work.
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Though she was praised for her fielding expertise, Murphy was never called up to the majors. She had a long career in the semi-pro leagues that lasted from 1918 through 1935. Observers at the time may have watched Murphy's career and thought it would only be a matter of time before women were allowed to compete against men in Major League Baseball
In 2008 16-year-old Eri Yoshida became Japan's first woman to play in a men's league when she signed a contract with the Japanese Independent League, and in 2010 she signed on to play with the now defunct Chico Outlaws of the North American League. From an American perspective, Justine Siegal became the first woman coach of a men's professional baseball team as first base coach for the Brockton Rox
Additionally, Siegal would be the first woman to throw batting practice to a MLB team. In 2015, she was hired by the Oakland A's for a brief coaching stint in their instructional league, becoming the first woman to ever coach a major league team
As Pitch premiered on FOX on September 22, it is highly likely that somewhere, there is a young woman dominating her male baseball peers, be it in high school, recreational or otherwise
This post was originally published on The Shadow League.