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When Women Played Hardball
The years between 1943 and 1954 marked the magical era of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League - which proved beyond doubt that women can play hardball. With skill and style, more than 500 women took to the baseball diamonds of the Midwest dazzling fans and becoming a visible and supported part of our national pastime. In the words of "Tiby" Eisen, leadoff b ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 18th 1994 by Seal Press
(first published February 25th 1994)
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Very good look at what it was like to play in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, especially in its later years. The context Johnson uses is the 1950 series championship between the Rockford Peaches and the Fort Wayne Daisies through interviews with the 26 players of the two teams, not just the stars, but the whole lineup. Some of those she interviewed had been playing from the beginning and their perspective gives a sense of how things changed. The interviews were done in the e ...more
Seeing the All American Women's Professional Baseball League through the eyes of former players and a fan who was a starry-eyed child when they played was a magical ride. Women: Even if you're not a sports fan, this was a very important piece of our history. That it didn't get as much attention and respect it deserved is a travesty. I'm looking forward to the day when women support women in sport. Then, maybe we will play hardball again.
I read some of the reviews stating that anyone who liked A League of Their Own would like this. Well, sort of. This book does attempt to tell the true story of two teams in the AAGPBL. What I did read was good. It just gets really in-depth with the individual plays and stats. I couldn't get into it and decided it wasn't worth renewing a second time.