The PawSox’ matinee against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the New York Yankees’ Triple A affiliate, is the first in a series of Women & Baseball Wednesdays that the club is instituting this year. Each day of the week has an ongoing theme.
“We recognize that women comprise a major portion of our passionate fan base,” said PawSox Chairman Larry Lucchino, “And this gesture is a simple, old-fashioned way to put out the welcome mat.”
Throughout the season, the PawSox will honor various women for their contributions to the game on the field and in the front office. The club will typically host pre-game chats with the honorees, who will then throw a Ceremonial First Pitch and participate on the broadcasts and telecasts.
While “A League of Their Own” was a fictional depiction of the true story of the Midwest league, Wilma, like Geena Davis’s lead character, grew up on a dairy farm.
Briggs, who played 691 games from 1948-1954, led the league in home runs in 1953, and is one of only 14 to drive in more than 300 in her career. She is among the women from the league recognized at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown.
The days of the week themes for 2016 include:
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