Revival after 50 years for women's baseball players with dreams
The current Japanese Women's Professional Baseball League cherishes the dream of the first women’s professional player, and much like Ms. Kosaka, we are hoping to continue playing forever.
Now after 8 years, the number of women's baseball clubs in high schools has increased to 26 and the knowledge of women's baseball has steadily spread across the country with ever growing number of athletes aiming to become professional players.
We will continue our work not only in Japan, but also with the purpose of spreading the message of women's baseball throughout the world.
The history of women's professional baseball in Japan dates back to 1950.
Ms. Mineko Kosaka, then athlete, was the first Japanese Women's Professional baseball player. To this day she has not lost her love for the sport, and still continues to play.
There were 25 teams at that time, but as the owner's funds ran out, the teams were disbanded and the league ended in mere two years.
Five-time defending world champions Japan
Japan has been ranked No. 1 in the world since 2008, when the nation won the first of five consecutive world titles.
Japan National Team "Madonna Japan" includes 5 players from Women's Professional baseball league.