This was originally posted at Put Me In, Coach by Basic Pitch on May 2, 2017.
On May 1, 2017, Kevin Falls, producer of Pitch, announced on Twitter that the groundbreaking show would not be renewed for a second season.
For those unfamiliar with the show, Pitch was the story of Ginny Baker. A young, black woman who successfully broke the gender barrier in professional baseball. The show followed Ginny as she navigated the difficult terrain of being both a young black woman and a minor league call-up.
While at times the show was less than perfect and was clearly fictional, it offered a much-needed glimpse of that ever-elusive inclusion and female representation in professional sports that does not exist in the real world. It gave hope to little girls that they could grow up to be Ginny and it gave hope to their mothers that maybe if people could get used to women in a man’s world on TV they might accept their daughters there in real life.
Ginny wasn’t perfect. Each week we saw Ginny succeed and we saw her screw up. We saw her struggle with being a reluctant icon and fight to maintain control over her own world. While her situation was undeniably unique, her struggles were not, it made Ginny very relatable.
My daughter and I are going to miss Ginny. We can hope it will be picked up by Netflix, Hulu, or another streaming service more open to letting women exist unapologetically in every area of our lives. Clearly, it was too much for broadcast TV.