Baseball history has been so thoroughly explored that it seems impossible there could be room for another book. Comparatively neglected is softball’s past—which, it turns out, is completely fascinating and a compelling lens on twentieth-century women’s history.
Contrary to what Jimmy Dugan says, an abbreviated little league career taught me that there most definitely is a lot of crying to be had in baseball (Probably not among these women, though).
On the heels of Michelle Obama's announcement of her anti-obesity program, it turns out sports may improve girls' later employment and educational lives as well as their health. But what to do about the klutzes?
Writes Judy Berman in Salon, "Although women's bodies can do incredible, unique things of their own (childbirth, anyone?), men seem to have a biological advantage when it comes to feats of strength and speed." But of course it's more complicated:
A new series of Dodgers baseball broadcasts, which began with the team's game against the NY Mets last night, are being "aimed at women." And, thank the ghost of Ty Cobb, a mom will be doing the announcing!*
Dottie Collins, a star pitcher in women's professional baseball in the 1940s, died Tuesday in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was 84. In the summer of 1948, she pitched until she was four months pregnant. Ms. Collins won more than 20 games in each of her first four seasons and threw 17 shutouts. Memorabilia from her…
Cool dad, cool Halloween costume: "In an age when young girls are taught to use their bodies for showing off or are offered costumes designed to illustrate what they look like instead of what they can do, my daughter was going to learn about using a body for fielding, for hitting, for throwing out a runner at home…