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Thursday, May 07, 2015

The story of the woman hired by the Phillies as the first female baseball scout

They could probably use some more today.

During their meeting, Edith Houghton thrust into Carpenter’s hands a scrapbook of her life in baseball, taking into account the Bobbies, the A. A.‘s, and the doomed trip overseas led by a delusional former catcher. Carpenter saw the work experience as enough to help guide his team into the future and brought her on board as one of his scouts, the first ever woman to fill the role (Bessie Largent of the White Sox had been doing so but worked as a partner of her husband’s - Edith worked alone). The papers responded to this news with their trademark aplomb.

PHILLIES HIRE GIRL AS SCOUT

The Philadelphia Phillies, who through the recent years often played like a bunch of Girl Scouts, came up with something drastic today in their efforts to get out of the cellar—they hired a girl scout. The lady ivory hunter is Edith Houghton. A 33 year-old discharged ‘Wave and she thinks she is ready to bring the Phillies a “wave of talent.”

—The Sandusky Register-Star News
A… g-g-g… girl?!

Jaws dropped, cities burned, oceans swayed with blood. But Edith stepped into the role anyway, saying she was after “big and fast” players who could hit (“You can’t steal first base,” she explained), putting natural talent ahead of sharpened skills. Skills, she believed, could be learned. For Carpenter’s part, he never publicly regretted or shamed her despite mouthy critics.

“There’s no reason why a woman shouldn’t be just as good a judge of a ballplayer as a man,” he told the press, and it was true. Plenty of male baseball scouts have led full careers of talent evaluation without a single player making a dent in a major league roster.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2015 at 09:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, scouting, women in baseball

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Tyler Tumminia Has Baseball In Her Blood

Growing up, little Ty wasn’t allowed to watch TV. But she got to hang out with big league ballplayers.

Robin Ventura gave her his spring training jersey, Ozzie Guillen an autographed picture. She has had dinner with baseball royalty such as Earl Weaver, Rocky Colavito, Jim Palmer, and Bob Feller. She even got up the nerve to talk to Rapid Robert, telling him he had really big feet.

“He put them up next to mine and said, ‘Well, I guess, kid, I do,’ ” she says.

Tumminia yearned to play catch with her father, but he’d usually come home after dark. One night she cried after a ball clocked her in the face. Her father told her to suck it up.

“You want to be able to catch, you catch in the dark,” he said.

He launched another night fly ball, and she fearlessly squeezed it in her mitt.

“She caught that one ball in the dark and that was it,” says John Tumminia. “We’re connected. She’s a four-tool daughter.”


Monday, March 09, 2015

R.I. Native Covers All The Bases for Red Sox Players

Take it from three-time All-Star Hanley Ramirez, who met Ferreira more than a decade ago when he was an 18-year-old Red Sox prospect coming out of the Dominican Republic to play in the United States for the first time.
“She (Raquel Ferreira) was everything for us,” Ramirez said. “She helped us with everything we needed. She always was there for us. She was like family to us. She has always been.”
Everything? Really? There’s no way to narrow it down?
Ramirez opened his mouth wide to exaggerate his enunciation, as if he and his questioner were speaking two different languages.
“Everything,” he said. “Everything.”


Wednesday, February 04, 2015

JuCo team to sign first female pitcher; daughter of former MLB closer

History will be made when the Bossier Parish Community College baseball team signs pitcher Sarah Hudek, the first female to play baseball at BPCC, to the roster. She is also one of the first females to play at the collegiate level.

Hudek, the daughter of former MLB pitcher and All-Star, John Hudek, earned her baseball scholarship from head coach Aaron Vorachek and will make it official when she signs with the team at a ceremony in her hometown of Houston at 6 p.m. on Wednesday….

“This is not a gimmick and I could care less about media attention,” Vorachek told the Shreveport Times. “I’m signing her to help us win ballgames.”...

Like her father, Hudek’s pitches pack a powerful punch. The 5-10 left-hander throws 82 miles per hour.

“I grew up around pro baseball and I’ve had the opportunity to pick the brain, not only of my dad, but of other major leaguers he is friends with,” Hudek said. “I have a fastball, change-up, curve and I’m working on a cutter.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 04, 2015 at 03:16 PM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball, john hudek, junior college, women in baseball

 

 

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