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

Sue Zipay and USA National Team baseball player Anna Kimbrell.
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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 HEREto read the Sarasota Herald-Tribue article by Doug Fernandes mentioned during the interview.