MLB announces inaugural Trailblazer Series to celebrate girls baseball – Los Angeles Times

Major League Baseball’s early-season celebration is about to become grander.

MLB and USA Baseball announced Thursday the inaugural Trailblazer Series, a three-day girls’ baseball tournament in Compton in conjunction with Jackie Robinson Day.

“In memory of Jackie Robinson, Major League Baseball is committed to making our sport accessible and inclusive for all those who want to play, coach or participate,” said MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. “MLB and USA Baseball have listened to the growing demand for girls’ and women’s baseball by launching this unprecedented event. We will be proud to do so on the most meaningful date on our calendar, Jackie Robinson Day, at our Youth Academy in Compton. It is our honor to support trailblazing young women who will be outstanding representatives of their communities.”

Approximately 100 girls, ages 16 and under, representing 20 states, the District of Columbia and Canada, are set to play ball in the first-of-its-kind tournament starting April 13. The tournament is scheduled to conclude on April 15, 70 years to the day when Dodger legend Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in the major leagues.

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