A league for those who say softball isn’t enough Valhalla – If and when Nancy Haggerty ever gets the mud of herself, she may discover nothing but bruises and sore muscles underneath. But she won’t be able to wipe the smile of her face. Haggerty, of Somers, was the catcher for the Manhattan Giants in the opening day game of the New York Women’s Baseball Association yesterday at Westchester Community College. She blocked countless pitches in the dirt, dived for foul pops, strike bases sliding. “I wanted to play baseball since I was 2 years old,” she said. “One of my first words was ‘Yankees’.Read More →

Throwing Like a Girl With her fluid windup and smooth mechanics, Susan Winthrop could pitch all day. And she may just have to. At 48, Winthrop’s old enough to be Jesse Orosco’s older sister. She’s on the hill for the Queens Cyclones of the New York Women’s Baseball Association in the first game of a doubleheader against the Manhattan Giants, on a perfect summer Sunday in Central Park’s’ North Meadow. That’s right baseball. Overhand. Fast-pitch. Hardball. Regulation field. Women. Not softball.  Why not softball, I ask league founder Winthrop, who coaches softball at NYU and plays saxophone professionally. “Baseball’s more challenging,” she says “A lotRead More →

Another League of their Own NYWBA Tries to introduce ‘real hardball’ for women The game was baseball, just baseball, yet people veered off the walking paths in Central Park, pressed their noses against the backstop and tried to wrap their brains around what they were seeing. Sure, that pitcher threw overhand. Sure, that runner led several steps off first base. Sure, that ball made an unmistakable ping every time it hit a bat, not the dull pwong you;d expect from, say a softball. But weren’t those players women? “It takes them a while to get it into their heads,” said Susan Winthrop, who last yearRead More →