BURLINGAME GIRLS SOFTBALL
Players, Coaches, and Fans!
On behalf of the Burlingame Girls Softball Association, we welcome all of you to our 29th Annual Billie Sue Memorial Tournament.
For 29 years this tournament has been dedicated to the memory of Burlingame Bobby Sox softball player Billie Sue Cunha. Please take a moment to read the history of our tournament and view the photos of 9-year-old Billie Sue on the following pages, highlighting her life and her love of softball. Billie Sue’s story reminds us that each moment of our lives is a gift for which we should be ever grateful. Thank you to all the teams and
managers who paid their
registration fees and submitted
their forms on time. It is a big help.
Thank you to all of the Burlingame Girls Softball families and friends for your ongoing support. None of this would be possible without you. Tournament hosting is truly a team sport – thanks to all the volunteers who help ensure this event will run smoothly. Also, a BIG THANK YOU to our sponsors – you rock!
Please be respectful of the neighborhoods around Ray Park, Franklin Field, Burlingame High School San Mateo High School and Hillsdale High School and please show good sportsmanship at all times, observe all parking signs and, please, don’t block driveways!
Please Note: Due to high demand for ASA umpires, high school and college aged youth umpires may be used as required for 8U games.
Be safe and enjoy the tournament!
Billie Sue Cunha
April 5th, 1982—April 24, 1991
Billie Sue Cunha was born April 5, 1982 in Burlingame to Billy and Sue Cunha. Billie Sue's father Billy was the starting left fielder and leadoff hitter for the Stanford Cardinal baseball team. Like most parents, Billy wanted to pass along his love for the game to his children, including little Billie-Sue. Billy became the coach and team manager for each of his children even taking one of his teams all the way to Little League World Series!
The most successful of his children seemed to be Billie Sue, who played up a level in Burlingame Bobby Sox for most of her short softball career. By age 9 she was a fierce softball competitor who was also doing very well in school and had a lot of friends. Just a few days after her 9th birthday, Billie Sue passed away very unexpectedly.
The first Billie Sue tournament was held in 1992, the year after her passing. According to the tournament director at the time, Billie Sue “exhibited the finest conduct in friendship, leadership and sportsmanship”. The first Billie Sue tournament included play for girls 10 years and younger only. It was meant to be a family-friendly affair, with fences, stands and a loud speaker system brought in specifically for the event at Ray Park.
Teams participating in the first Billie Sue Tournament included the Burlingame All-Stars, West Valley Slammers, San Jose Quicksilver, San Bruno All- Stars, Pacifica Coastside Critters, and the Burlingame Bandits.
Read more about Billie Sue’s family and their return to
Burlingame in 2012 for the 21st Annual Softball Tournament