Tiffany Brooks

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Tiffany Brooks
RHP, 1B[1]
Born: (1977-02-18) February 18, 1977 (age 40)[2]
Spokane, Washington[2]
Bats: Right Handed[2] Throws: Right Handed[2]
Continental Baseball League debut
4 March, 2010, for the Big Bend Cowboys

Tiffany Brooks (born February 18, 1977)[2] is a free agent, right-handed pitcher and first baseman in independent league baseball.[3][4]

Brooks was the first female baseball pitcher in the 21st century to sign a contract with a professional American men's baseball team when she signed with the Big Bend Cowboys of the Continental Baseball League.[5][6] After successfully completing Spring Training (April 30- May 4, 2010) in Alpine, Texas,[5] Brooks was the first woman to make an American men's professional baseball Opening Day roster since Ila Borders in 2000.[3][7] Brooks had a brief stint with the team before seeking her own release to pursue other playing opportunities.

Tiffany Brooks is also the first and only female baseball player to ever play in all three Independent professional instructional leagues: California Winter League, Arizona Summer League, and Arizona Winter League.[8] She is the first and only female player to compete in the California Winter League (2011), the Arizona Summer League (2011), the World Free Agent Spring Training event in Florida (2012), and one of two women to ever compete in the Arizona Winter League (2010).

Accomplishments[edit]

  • Second American female ballplayer (any position) in the 21st century to sign with a professional men's baseball team.[9]
  • First woman on the Hollywood Legends Barnstorming Baseball Club (team composed of ex-MLB players including Bill Madlock, Darrell Evans, and Bill Lee, 2010)[8]
  • First woman to play in 100-year history of Dutch Men's Baseball League (2007)[8][10]
  • Only woman to participate in the NABA Men's World Series (2009)[8]
  • Third woman worldwide to sign a professional men's baseball contract since 2000
  • Third American (fourth worldwide) female pitcher to sign since the 1950s (Mamie Johnson, Indianapolis Clowns, 1953; Ila Borders, 1997, St. Paul Saints).
  • Two-time silver medalist in international women's club baseball competition (Phoenix Cup Hong Kong International Women's Baseball Tournament, 2008—North Stars; 2009—North American Liberty Belles).[8]

Current career[edit]

As of 2017, Tiffany Brooks is a free agent.[2] She presently runs her own baseball and softball academy in Spokane, Washington, called Brooks Baseball and Softball Academy.[11] She is featured in the books The Bus Leagues Experience, Volumes 1 and 2.[12]

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spain, Sarah (August 26, 2011). "Tiffany Brooks covers all the bases". ESPN. ESPN. Retrieved April 18, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Tiffany Brooks". Baseball Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved April 18, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Tiffany Brooks Becomes First American Female Pro Baseball Player of the 21st Century". AAU News. WWW.AAUNEWS.ORG. 9 March 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  4. ^ Swindler, Tamara. "Tamara meets Tiffany Brooks". Bus Leagues Baseball. Bus Leagues Baseball. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Lang, Steve (16 April 2010). "Tiffany Brooks & the Big Bend Cowboys". The Winkler Post. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Bagg, Marissa. "Spokane woman signs with pro baseball team in Texas". Krem.com. King Broadcasting Company. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "The first female ballplayer in the 21st Century to sign with an all-male pro baseball team". Women Sport Report. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "Tiffany Brooks Makes Professional Baseball History". NPG Sports. NPG Sports. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  9. ^ Frank, Jared. "Spokane woman set to make professional baseball debut". SWX. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  10. ^ Espinoza, Alex (12 July 2011). "Brooks out to prove she's more than a gimmick". Yuma Sun. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Baseball and Softball Lessons, Spokane". Tiffany Brooks business website. Tiffany Brooks. Retrieved April 18, 2017. 
  12. ^ "The Bus Leagues Experience: Minor League Baseball Through The Eyes Of Those Who Live It". Amazon. Amazon.com, Inc. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  13. ^ Kidder, Cami J. "Re-launch of Throw Like A Girl, a feature-length documentary". Kickstarter. Kickstarter, Inc. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  14. ^ Ferrari, Nancy T. "Tiffany Brooks - Breaking Barriers in Baseball". blogtalkradio. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "Cami J. Kidder". IMDb. IMDb. Retrieved April 18, 2017.