A Game of Their Own: Voices of Contemporary Women in Baseball by Jennifer RingIn 2010 twenty American women were selected to represent Team USA in the fourth Women’s Baseball World Cup in Caracas, Venezuela; most Americans, however, had no idea such a team even existed.
A Game of Their Own chronicles the largely invisible history of women in baseball and offers an account of the 2010 Women’s World Cup tournament. Jennifer Ring includes oral histories of eleven members of the U.S. Women’s National Team, from the moment each player picked up a bat and ball as a young girl to her selection for Team USA. Each story is unique, but they share common themes that will resonate with young female players and fans alike: facing skepticism and taunts from players and parents when taking the batter’s box or the pitcher’s mound, self-doubt, the unceasing pressure to switch to softball, and eventual acceptance by their baseball teammates as they prove themselves as ballplayers. These racially, culturally, and economically diverse players from across the country have ignored the message that their love of the national pastime is “wrong.” Their stories come alive as they recount their battles and most memorable moments playing baseball—the joys of exceeding expectations and the pleasure of honing baseball skills and talent despite the lack of support. With exclusive interviews with players, coaches, and administrators, A Game of Their Own celebrates the U.S. Women’s National Team and the excellence of its remarkable players. In response to the jeer “No girls allowed!” these are powerful stories of optimism, feistiness, and staying true to oneself.
LOVERRO: Bouton's love for the game filled pages of 'Ball Four'
Baseball hated him for it, because he shared the true love of the game — the passion, the pain, the smiles, the tears — with outsiders. He opened the clubhouse doors for a generation of baseball fans who wanted more than what was on the back of the baseball cards they used to trade. This was a generation of fans disillusioned by the institutions they grew up with, and they were ready to distance themselves from the things in their lives that had come to define America — including the national pastime. Suddenly, fans had a New Testament of baseball — a book that made their heroes human, a story that tore open the body of the game and revealed its heart. This was the gift that Bouton , the former All-Star pitcher and game winner with the New York Yankees who died Wednesday at the age of 80, gave the game.
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For Elster, whose career with the New York Mets ended after a shoulder injury in , it was about as close to baseball as he wanted to be. After two surgeries and two comeback attempts, enough was enough. Nothing was going to drag him back onto the field. It was Hollywood or bust. He took infield practice as a member of the New York Yankees. He was working his arm into shape, getting ready to come off the disabled list.
you re your own worst critic
Starring Kevin Costner and Kelly Preston , it follows the perfect game performance of an aging star baseball pitcher, Billy Chapel, as he deals with the pressures of pitching in Yankee Stadium in his final outing by calming himself with memories about a long term relationship with Jane Aubrey. At 63—97, the team has long since been eliminated from playoff contention and are playing for nothing but pride against the Yankees, who have a chance to clinch the American League East with a win. For year-old pitcher Billy Chapel, however, this may end up being the most significant 24 hours of his life. In his Manhattan hotel suite, Billy awaits his girlfriend Jane Aubrey, but she doesn't show. Jane is also a single mother with a teenage daughter Heather that Billy got to know.