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“Shutout!” Celebrates Women in Baseball

“Shutout!” Celebrates Women in BaseballAward-winning filmmaker and baseball documentarian Jon Leonoudakis presents his latest film celebrating women in baseball in the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room on Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. The LA Premiere screening is part of a statewide tour the filmmaker has initiated to coincide with Women’s History Month.

“Shutout! The Battle American Women Wage to Play Baseball” chronicles over a century of gender discrimination infecting the national pastime, the women who’ve succeeded in spite of it, and considers the path forward to make baseball more accessible to women. “American women have a long history in the game, dating back to the 19th century,” said the filmmaker, “but their role in the 20th and 21st centuries has been diminished by crippling gender bias. It’s a fascinating, complex, and a deeply troubling story that strikes at the core of what it means to be American.”

Leonoudakis knows about telling stories, having spent a decade producing attractions for Disney theme parks and hit documentaries like “The Wrecking Crew”. He has six films in the permanent collection of the National Baseball Hall of Fame but feels this story might be the most meaningful. Jon was looking for a theme for the third season of his acclaimed Amazon streaming documentary series, “The Sweet Spot: A Treasury of Baseball Stories,” and women in baseball was a strong fit. The nine episodes he created for that effort have been turned into a feature-length documentary film for this tour.

Leonoudakis will be joined by a quintet of ‘All Stars’ who appear in the film for a post-screening Q&A session: pioneering umpire Perry Barber, eleven-year-old Cameron Ely, and her mother, Lisa. Cameron is the only girl playing in the Valencia Pony League. Two former players from the All-American Girls Professional League (aka “A League of Their Own”), Maybelle Blair and Shirley Burkovich, will share their perspectives of playing the game 70 years ago.

Some of the most accomplished women to play the game share their stories in the film, from Blair and Burkovich in the 1940s to former pro pitcher Ila Borders, Colorado Silver Bullet “Rocky” Henley in the 90s, and Team USA players Ozzie Sailors, Alex Sickenger Oglesby, and Lilly Jacobson. Political scientist Jennifer Ring and former LA Daily News journalist Lisa Nehus Saxon provide insight and analysis, along with their own stories of facing discrimination in baseball.

The Library Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro St. The Film Night is presented by Jon Leonoudakis, the South Pasadena Public Library, and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, Special thanks to 210eastsound and the Friends Hospitality Committee. No tickets or reservations are necessary. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served.

The Community Room is only about a block away from the South Pasadena Farmers Market and the Metro Gold Line Station and free parking will be available at the Mission-Meridian Parking Garage, located at 805 Meridian Avenue. Autographed copies of the book “Baseball Pioneers” and the “Shutout!” DVD will be available for purchase.

“Upon request made no later than four (4) business days before the event, the City will provide a reasonable accommodation for a qualified persona with a disability to have equal access to the event. Please contact ADA Coordinator and Human Resources Manager, Mariam Lee Ko at (626) 403-7312 or fill out the City’s request form available at and email the form to”

Presenter / Producer: South Pasadena Public Library

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Theater > Drama

Event Phone: 626-403-7335

South Pasadena Public Library Community Room
1115 El Centro Street
South Pasadena CA 91030

LA - San Fernando Valley
Pasadena / San Gabriel Valley

Performance Dates: 3/15/2018
Thursday, 03/15/2018

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