A Game of Their Own: Voices of Contemporary Women in Baseball

A Game of Their Own: Voices of Contemporary Women in Baseball

A Game of Their Own: Voices of Contemporary Women in Baseball

A Game of Their Own: Voices of Contemporary Women in Baseball

Synopsis

In 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.

Excerpt

There is a national women’s baseball team in the United States. Team usa has medaled in every international competition it has played in for the past decade, but it is virtually unknown: one of the best kept secrets in American sports.

Where did the ballplayers on the usa Baseball Women’s National Team come from? the story should not be mysterious: the national team in every sport comprises the best athletes in the nation in their sport. the stories of America’s best athletes follow a fairly predictable pattern: the athletes begin to play their sport at a very young age, often influenced in their choice of sport by parents and siblings or an important coach or role model. They show precocious athletic ability. Their natural talent appears early in life and earns them admiration and encouragement, coaching, private lessons, participation in skills camps and clinics, and a rapid rise to highly competitive levels of play. Some are pushed to succeed by parents with hopes of wealth, fame, and college scholarships for their child; others push themselves, perhaps for similar reasons. But it takes commitment, hard work and discipline, and the sacrifice of some of the joys of childhood to become sufficiently accomplished by adolescence to compete for a place on the national team.

This path and its rewards have become amplified in recent years for all youth sports, but it has been open to girls only since 1972, when Title ix was passed. Before then the few individual sports in which women might earn recognition were racially exclusive, upper-class, “country . . .

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