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Vying Veterans: How two Bandits have survived five years in the NPF

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When Chicago Bandits’ center fielder Emily Friedman suited up to play in the National Pro Fastpitch she thought that after one year she’d had her fun and was done. “Just after my first year I was like, ‘oh that was a great experience,’ but I wasn’t planning on coming back,” said Friedman. Four years down the road and the five year veteran, “wants to play as long as [she] possibly can.”

Only a handful exist in the league. Those who are so dedicated to the sport of softball that they have kept throwing strikes, stealing bases and hitting home runs in the NPF for five years or more. With meager pay and a strenuous season that includes long stints on the road and consecutive five game series, it seems like quite a feat for an NPF athlete to keep coming back year after year. Of the 75 athletes that currently play in the league only 15 of them have been in the NPF for five or more years (that’s only 1/5th of the league). And yet, something is bringing these committed athletes back for more softball action every year.

Written by Grace Weitz

Photo of Emily Friedman by Dina Kwit

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Michigan Wolverines have Solid Presence on Chicago Bandits Roster

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Both the Big Ten conference and the conference television network are located here in Chicago; a city home (by a very great measure) to the largest alumni base for all 11 schools. So it makes sense that the Chicago Bandits softball franchise would include a large number of Big Ten alumni as well. The Michigan Wolverines are the most represented school on the Bandits roster.

Bandits Big Ten roll call:

Michigan- Nikki Nemitz P, Samantha Findlay 1B, Angela Findlay OF

Iowa- Stacy May 3B

Northwestern– Eileen Canney P, Nicole Pauly OF

By Paul M. Banks

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Chicago Bandits roster stocked with Big Ten Alumni

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Both the Big Ten conference and the conference television network are located here in Chicago; a city home (by a very great measure) to the largest alumni base for all 11 schools. So it makes sense that the Chicago Bandits softball franchise would include a large number of Big Ten alumni as well.

Bandits Big Ten roll call:

Michigan- Nikki Nemitz P, Samantha Findlay 1B, Angela Findlay OF

Iowa- Stacy May 3B

Northwestern– Eileen Canney P, Nicole Pauly OF

By Paul M. Banks

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