Well—how about that!
I would have to say that I always pitched at the major league level. The schools I went to didn’t have any athletic programs to speak of, just general physical education programs, and so from the beginning I always played on the outside. When I was fourteen I hooked up with a very good high-level sandlot outfit that might almost have been called semipro except that no one got paid, and the manager was a former semipro infielder with good baseball sense—and we always played major league rules, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I was one of four pitchers on the staff—we were all starters who could relieve in between—and, oddly enough, I was the only girl on the team, but the guys, all of whom were rather older than I was, didn’t mind one bit because I was getting the batters out with my constantly expanding repertoire of snake jazz.
Imagine this, now—there I was, a 5’4’’, 125-pound righthanded sidearmer, not much in the way of speed BUT—a lot of good stuff and the control and command to go with it. And I was getting the batters out. Oh, I would occasionally give up a couple of hits, but nobody got past second base, and usually when I would walk someone it was an intentional pass—the main thing was, I was mainly a strikeout pitcher who could also get the ground balls. Not much of a hitter, although I could punch one to the opposite field on occasion and drive in a run or two. Played for about seventeen years and then had to stop when my work schedule caught up with me and I lost my free weekends—GRRRR! But it was fun.
And I have to tell you, Ed Lopat was an incredible pitching coach, and what I learned from him was priceless. I will always remember him and the things he told me. (No wonder I never lost a game!) 8) :baseballpitcher: