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Encore: Former Women's Pro Baseball Player Dreams of a Girls Baseball League in SWFL and Beyond

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Sue Zipay and USA National Team baseball player Anna Kimbrell.

This episode originally aired on September 14, 2020.

The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was a professional women's baseball league that existed from 1943 until 1954. It’s most well-known team, the Rockford Peaches, was featured in the 1992 film A League of Their Own. It was the first professional women’s sports league in the United States — and it was the only professional women’s baseball league ever in this country.

Our guest, Englewood resident Sue Zipay, played for the Rockford Peaches in 1953 and ‘54. She went on to become a tennis player and co-owner of the Englewood Tenis Club. Now, she is hoping to help instigate the creation of a girls baseball league here in Southwest Florida. And she dreams of a future that includes professional women’s baseball in the U.S.

You can get in touch with Zipay at S.Zipay@Americangirlsbaseball.org.

Click HERE to read the Sarasota Herald-Tribue article by Doug Fernandes mentioned during the interview.

Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University. 
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week.  Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.