Each week this month, in honor of Women’s History Month, we’ve been highlighting some of the most influential women in Rec and Park history. This week, we take a look at some young women who are about to make their own mark on history as the city’s first all-girls baseball team that will travel to Orlando this summer for America’s first national girls baseball tournament.
Hosted by Baseball for All, a non-profit organization that provides meaningful opportunities through baseball, especially for girls, the tournament will feature 24 teams from across the nation and will bring together the past, the present and promote the future of girls baseball with the added participation of members of the original 1942 All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, featured in the movie, “A League of Their Own,” as well as other female baseball pioneers.
Rec and Park’s team, the SF Bay Sox, includes 12 players, ages 11-13, from the city and the Bay Area who competed for roster spots earlier this winter. Most of the girls have played on Junior Giants or San Francisco Youth Baseball League (SFYBL) teams and a handful have even played on their middle school boys’ baseball teams.
The team practices three times per week and just scored its first victory in a scrimmage against a San Bruno boys team last week, winning 8-1.
The Bay Sox are coached by Rec and Park’s own Rachelle “Rocky” Henley, who was featured here last year during Women’s History Month. Rachelle is a former member of the 1994 Colorado Silver Bullets, an all-female professional baseball team that competed against all-star amateur and semi-pro men’s teams.
Although excited about their upcoming trip, Henley and the team are still looking for support to cover the costs of the trip. Those interested in making a donation to the team can call Rec and Park’s Partnerships Division at (415) 831-6897, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.