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Women at Play: The Story of Women in Baseball

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Girls and women have played baseball (hardball: the real thing) from the beginning. Soon after professional baseball started up in 1869, women formed "base ball clubs" and - wearing heavy stockings and striped, shortened dresses - challenged men's teams across the country. One star pitcher, Maud Nelson, often struck out four or five men in the first few innings of a game. ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published March 1st 1993 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
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Kate
Apr 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Who knew that women played baseball? Or, if you did know that they played, that it was not just the league featured in the movie A League of Their Own? Women's baseball has existed almost since the beginning of baseball, and this book tells its untold story.
Lauren
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A must-read. Gives a good, basic overview.
J.E. Raley
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Cool to hear about the real history of women in baseball, not just the story from "A League of Their Own". Interesting that women in baseball still isn't really a norm (if existent at all). My favorite part was reading about Chattanooga's local woman player!
Aaron Sinner
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Briefly: Boring but important

Barbara Gregorich’s book broaches a topic that every baseball fan should at some point familiarize himself or herself with: the history of women in the game. Nonetheless, Women at Play is a bit dry, so while it covers a good topic, it sometimes has a bit of an “eat your peas” feeling to it. Gregorich orients the book around player-focused chapters that do an effective job of highlighting significant women in baseball history; however, the format sacrifices much of th
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Kipi
Jan 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Baseball fans and American History lovers
A nice history of women and the national pastime. I would love to have seen the Rockford Peaches play the Racine Belles. What fun for those of us who also happen to be women and love the game of baseball!
Ann
Aug 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Very informative history of women in baseball. Also explains the transition of women playing baseball to softball.
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Barbara Gregorich grew up playing baseball and reading mysteries. As a result, SHE'S ON FIRST (Contemporary, 1987) was a baseball novel and DIRTY PROOF (Pageant, 1988) a mystery. But just in case the pitcher thinks he knows what Barbara will do when she stands on base, she enjoys unsettling him by writing nonfiction as well as fiction . . children's books as well as adult books . . . poetry, too.

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