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Fastpitch : the untold history of softball and the women who made the game / by Westly, Erica.;
If you think softball is just a "womens version" of the great American pastime of baseballwell, think again. Fastpitch softball is one of the most widely played sports in the world, with tens of millions of active participants in various age groups. But the origins of this beloved sport and the charismatic athletes who helped it achieve prominence in the mid-twentieth century have been largely forgotten, until now. Fastpitch brings to life the eclectic mix of characters that make up softballs vibrant 129-year history. From its humble beginnings in 1887, when it was invented in a Chicago boat club and played with a broomstick, to the rise in the 1940s and 1950s of professional-caliber company-sponsored teams that toured the country in style, softballs history is as diverse as it is fascinating. Though its thought of today as a womans sport, fastpitch softballs early years featured several male stars, such as the vaudeville-esque Eddie Feigner, whose signature move was striking out batters while blindfolded. But because softball was one of the only team sports that women were allowed to play competitively, it took on added importance for female athletes. Top fastpitch teams of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, such as the New Orleans Jax Maids and Connecticuts Raybestos Brakettes, gave women access to employment and travel opportunities that would have been unavailable to them otherwise. At a time when female athletes had almost no prospects, softball offered them a chance to flourish. Women put off marriage and moved across the country just for a shot at joining a strong team. Told from the perspective of such influential players as Bertha Ragan Tickey, who set strikeout records and taught Lana Turner to pitch, and Joan Joyce, who struck out baseball legend Ted Williams and helped found a professional softball league with Billie Jean King, Fastpitch chronicles softballs rich history and its uncertain future (as evidenced by its controversial elimination from the 2012 Olympics and the mounting efforts to have it reinstated). A celebration of this unique American sport and the role it plays in our culture today, Fastpitch is as entertaining as it is inspiring. -- Provided by publisher.Includes bibliographical references.
Subjects: Softball; Softball for women; Women softball players.;
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Dottie Wiltse Collins : strikeout queen of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League / by Trombe, Carolyn M.,1957-;
Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-189) and index."Dottie Wiltse, a star softball player from Southern California, came to the Minneapolis Millerettes in 1944 and went on to become one of the dominant players in the AAGPBL. Based on extensive research and interviews with Collins and other principals, this work covers the pitcher's early career as a softball player, her triumphs in professional baseball, and her part in the renewed interest in the women's league in the late 1980s"--Provided by publisher.
Subjects: Collins, Dottie Wiltse, 1923-2008.; Baseball players; Women baseball players; All-American Girls Professional Baseball League;
© c2005., McFarland & Co.,
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The origins and history of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League / by Fidler, Merrie A.,1943-;
"This study begins with a brief history of women's softball, noting its importance as a precursor to, and talent pool for, women's professional baseball. Next the book investigates changing league administration and organization. Publicity and promotional philosophy and practices receive particular attention. Later chapters cover team administrative structure, team managers, and chaperones"--Provided by publisher.Includes bibliographical references (p. 369-374) and index.Part I. Historical background. The establishment of softball as a sport for American women, 1900-1940 -- Part II. League administration. The trustee administration, 1943-1944 ; Establishing the public image: publicity and promotion, 1943-1944 ; The management corporation, 1945-1950 ; Expansion of public exposure: publicity and promotion, 1945-1950 -- Independent team owners, 1951-1954 ; Decentralization of publicity and promotion, 1951-1954 -- Part III. Team administration. Team administrative structure and personnel ; Team managers ; Chaperones -- Part IV. The players. Player recruitment and sociological characteristics ; AAGBBL player policies and regulations ; AAGBBL All-Stars -- Part V. Beyond the playing field. The newsletter and the first national reunion ; The archives and the Baseball Hall of Fame ; The organization of the Players' Association and A league of their own ; The Players' Association, 1990-2004 -- Part VI. Summation. Summary and Conclusions --Part VII. Appendices. Appendix 1: AAGPBL Players' Association Offices and Committee positions held, 1980-2004 ; Appendix 2: AAGBBL highlights ; Appendix 3: The league song ; Appendix 4: AAGBBL Champions ; Appendix 5: AAGBBL point rating chart.
Subjects: All-American Girls Professional Baseball League; Baseball for women;
© c2006., McFarland & Co.,
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