Two local residents played key roles in helping the New England Women’s Red Sox baseball team win the 2012 Roy Hobbs World Series last month. Bob Anderson from Beverly served as bench coach/pitching coach while pitcher/outfielder Janet Miller, who grew up in Swampscott is the captain and a senior member.
The women on the team range all the way from the youngest at age 13 to 48-years old. Over Memorial Day weekend they won a tournament in Maryland, and capped the season by taking the championship in Fort Myers, Florida. A year ago the Red Sox made it all the way to the World Series finals before losing to a team from Chicago.
This time it was all Red Sox, all the time at the World Series in Fort Meyers at Hammond Stadium, home of the Minnesota Twins, and the Red Sox spring training site at Jet Blue Stadium.
The Sox finished with a perfect 6-0 record. They blanked Team Toronto, 13-0 in the opener and then knocked off the Seattle Damonds by the same score. Chicago Storm fell, 12-1 followed by the East Coast Yankees, 12-5. In the semifinals the Red Sox blew out the New York team again, 9-1 before winning the championship game against Chicago, 4-1.
Anderson played baseball at Beverly High, North Shore Community College and Westfield State. He was bench coach at Mass Bay Community College, former vice president of Beverly Babe Ruth and coached AAU ball for the Silver Hawks. He is now involved with the new Chiefs program. Anderson pitches and plays first base for the Newton Red Sox, an over 30 men’s team.
“There are not that many women baseball players,” he said. “Over half the women on our team play for Team USA, the women’s World Cup squad, that placed second in Toronto. They disbanded the women’s league so many players keep sharp by playing softball while Lily Jacobson and Janet Miller play in a men’s baseball league.”