The Charlotte Knights will pay tribute to the women who helped shaped the game of baseball with “Women in Baseball Night” tomorrow night at 7:05, when the Knights take on the Triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, the Louisville Bats at BB&T Ballpark. Among the guests who will be in attendance will be Jean Faut, who from 1946-1953, was a star pitcher in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, going 140-64 with a 1.23 ERA in 235 career appearances, while leading the South Bend Blue Sox to consecutive championships in the 1951 and 1952 seasons, a four-time All-Star(1949–51 and 1953), and a two-time AAGPBL triple-crown winner(1952-53). The 93-year old Faut currently resides in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Another guest that will be in attendance for Women in Baseball Night will be Anna Kimbrell, who is a native of Fort Mill, South Carolina. Kimbrell made history as the first female to play high school baseball and American Legion baseball in the state of South Carolina, and since that time, she has gone on to compete in several baseball tournaments, including a spot on the Team USA women’s baseball squad in 2006, and playing in the Women’s Baseball World Cup on four different occassions. Last season, Kimbrell joined two other women baseball players, Kelsie Whitmore and Stacy Piagno on the Sonoma Stompers of the Pacific Association Baseball League, and for the past nine seasons, she served as a member of the Charlotte Knights grounds crew.
Rounding out the list is the “First Lady of Charlotte Baseball”, Frances Crockett. From 1976-87, she served as the general manager of the Charlotte O’s, the Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles in the Southern League, and was a two-time recipient of the Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year award(1980 and 1985). During her tenure as general manager of the Charlotte O’s, the team captured two Southern League titles in 1980 and 1984 and in 1980, Crockett was honored by The Sporting News with the Class AA Executive Award, becoming the first woman executive ever to win that prestigious award, and two years later in 1982, she was featured in Sports Illustrated for her leadership and efforts to baseball in Charlotte. Just recently, Crockett was honored by the Charlotte Knights with a banner in the team’s “Walk of Fame” outside BB&T Ballpark and in 2016, she was inducted into the Charlotte Baseball Roundtable of Honor, where she is joined by last season’s two inaugural inductees, Jim Thome and Charlie Manuel and this year’s inductee, Charlotte Knights owner Don Beaver.
The gates will open at 6:00 p.m. for tomorrow night’s game, which will be slated for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch, and tickets can be purchased at CharlotteKnights.com, in person at the BB&T Ballpark box office at 324 South Mint Street, or by calling 704-274-8282.