Stephenson named finalist for inaugural SABR award

 Veteran Canadian Women's National Team member Ashley Stephenson has been named a finalist for SABR's inaugural Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Veteran Canadian Women's National Team member Ashley Stephenson has been named a finalist for SABR's inaugural Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA - She’s played in all seven World Baseball Softball Confederation Women’s Baseball World Cups, won a Pan Am Games silver medal and now Mississauga, Ont., native Ashley Stephenson is among four finalists for the inaugural Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Society For American Baseball Research’s (SABR) Women in Baseball Committee.

Stephenson, a member of the very first Baseball Canada Women’s National Team from 2004, joins professional baseball umpire Perry Barber, the late Edith Houghton a former scout with the Philadelphia Phillies and women’s baseball coach Justine Siegal as finalists for the award.

“I’m extremely honoured to be nominated for this award and be named alongside all of these amazing women,” said Stephenson. “Baseball has been such a huge part of my life so to receive recognition like this is truly special.”

Eligible candidates include any person with a sustained involvement in women’s baseball or any woman with a longtime involvement in baseball in any fashion — player, umpire, writer, executive, team owner, scout, etc.

Stephenson’s baseball resume certainly fits the criteria by virtue of her unparalleled international baseball accomplishments including two silver and three bronze medals at the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup and a Pan Am Games silver medal. She’s been named Women’s National Team Most Valuable Player on two occasions (2005, 2008) and was a recipient of the Jimmy Rattlesnake Award, honouring a member of the women’s national team for their on-field accomplishments, as well as their leadership and team spirit, in 2011 and 2016.

She’s is equally involved in promoting female baseball to young girls across Canada through her work with the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Academy. An accomplished athlete, Stephenson is a former National Champion hockey player at Wilfred Laurier University and is currently a Phys Ed teacher and coach at Frank Hayden Secondary School in Burlington, Ont.

To learn more about the Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award, and the other finalists, please click here.

Adam Morissette

Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover.