Strike IX: The Story of the Providence College Baseball Team

One of the great frustrations I have about talking with gender quota activists is there complete lack of empathy with the athletes who have been hurt by the way Title IX has been enforced. And one of the stories that needs to be told concerns the Baseball team at Providence College, a squad that found out its program was going to be eliminated at the end of the season, but then rallied to win a Big East Conference Championship.

It’s a story that author Paul Lonardo tells in Strike IX, The Story of the Big East College Forced to Eliminate its Baseball Program and the Team that Refused to Lose:

In October 1998, as fall practice was getting underway for the Providence College baseball team, the players and coaches learned that their sport was going to be eliminated after the 1999 season in order to comply with Title IX provisions, a federal law enacted to ensure that schools did not discriminate against female athletes. Knowing that this was going to be the last year that baseball would be played at PC, the team decided to put their emotions and anger aside and make it a season to remember. The Friars went out and had what was arguably the best season in the 80-year history of the school sport. They worked hard—and partied hard—and were eventually crowned Big East Champions (click here to view players statistics), but were not satisfied with that as they advanced into the Division I NCAA playoffs.

Strike IX is the story of this historic year and the players who decided to make their statement on the field and show the school administration that they made a mistake.

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