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"According to the Sonoma Stompers, there hasn't been a co-ed professional baseball team in the U.S. since three women played in the 1950's Negro Leagues. The northern California-based independent squad recently made note of this when announcing that it would become the first team since then to include female players in its lineup.In more recent years, at least two women, Ila Borders (1997-2000) and Eri Yoshida in 2010, have played professional baseball in the U.S. But Sonoma could be the first", www.pjstar.com
"The first pitch of Friday night’s Sonoma Stompers baseball game was a breaking ball that went over the plate and into professional baseball history. Piagno and Whitmore received by far the biggest ovations in the sold-out ball park, which was bustling with more than 700 people, not including the jostling reporters and photographers. “I played Little League with the boys growing up and my first year I got hit by a pitch every single game, but I kept on playing,” said Amber Williams, 36, a 5th-grade teacher in Sonoma, who said she came to the game with her 4-year-old daughter, her sister-in-law and two nieces just to see the women play. The two women may have made a statement for their sex, but their performances probably won’t have many big-league scouts knocking on their doors. Whitmore walked and struck out in two plate appearances. The bright idea to recruit women was first floated by none other than film director Francis Ford Coppola, who said in a news", www.sfgate.com
"The first pitch of Friday night’s Sonoma Stompers baseball game was a breaking ball that went over the plate and into professional baseball history. The bright idea to recruit women was first floated by film director Francis Ford Coppola, who said in a news release that he always wondered why there weren’t co-ed teams in professional baseball given that the game doesn’t rely as much on size and strength as other sports. “My family would play co-ed baseball games and inevitably the star player would always be an aunt,” said Coppola, whose Virginia Dare Winery, in Geyserville, has been a primary sponsor of the team over the past three years. [...] when my Sonoma winery became involved with the Stompers, I had the opportunity to turn this thought into a reality and recruit these amazing women capable of playing alongside men. Team officials scouted Piagno and Whitmore at the tryouts for Team USA, which is scheduled to play in the Women’s Baseball", www.sfgate.com