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Girls of Summer: The Real Story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Paperback – May 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; Reprint edition (May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006379028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006379027
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,435,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is out of print, but the ebook is available for $US3.99.  You can find additional information about the League and the players on my blog intheirownleague.wordpress.com  Sign up to receive email alerts to new postings.

About the Author

I was born in Port Arthur, Ontario, raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and currently live in Toronto, Ontario.

I've spent most of my working life writing -- as journalist, freelancer, corporate communicator and now as a fiction writer. I have just published Death on a Dig, my first mystery. Join me on my blog at loisbrowne.com. There I write about the writing and self-publishing process, my travels and my upcoming fiction.

Girls of Summer: In Their Own League is a non-fiction book about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, 1943-54, which I wrote during my freelancing period. You can sign up for my blog about the All American Girls Professional Baseball League at intheirownleague.wordpress.com. 

I have also travelled extensively outside of North America -- two years in Europe, five years in southern Africa, six months in India as well as extended periods in Mexico and Latin America. I travel in Canada -- still many parts I haven't seen -- and I travelled the American midwest, Florida and Arizona to research Girls of Summer. 

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I was born in Port Arthur, Ontario, raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and currently live in Toronto, Ontario.

I was born in Port Arthur, Ontario, raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and currently live in Toronto, Ontario.

I've spent most of my working life writing - as journalist, freelancer, corporate communicator and now as a fiction writer. I have just published Death on a Dig, my first mystery. Join me on my blog at http://www.loisbrowne.com where I share my thoughts on my favourite reads, the writing and self-publishing process, my travels and my upcoming fiction.

Girls of Summer: In Their Own League is a non-fiction book about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, 1943-54, which I wrote during my freelancing period. It was published by HarperCollins in 1992. You can sign up for my blog about the All American Girls Professional Baseball League at http://intheirownleague.wordpress.com.

I've also travelled extensively outside of North America - two years in Europe, five years in southern Africa, six months in India as well as extended periods in Mexico and Latin America. I travel in Canada - there are still many parts I haven't seen - and I visit the American midwest, Florida and Arizona to research Girls of Summer.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Baskin on February 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I must admit I don't consider this the best book on the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League ("When Women Played Hardball" gets the nod), but "Girls of Summer" is probably the best stright-up history of the AAGBPL.

While "When Women Played Hardball" is a very personal book that does a better job of giving you the inside story of the AAGPBL via the league championship series from one season in the early 50's, "Girls of Summer" takes a more clinical approach from a beginning-to-end perspective. You don't get to know the players as well, but you understand the league better. It's very well-written, doesn't linger too long on any one topic, and you feel you've learned something when you're done reading it. If you liked watching "A League of Their Own," you'll like this...and there'll be no doubt who Madonna's character was fashioned after. If anything, "All-The-Way May" is tame in comparison.

There have been other somewhat similar books published on the AAGPBL, but this is the best history. I'd recommend reading "Girls of Summer" first, then try "When Women Played Hardball" if you want something a little more in-depth and character-driven, so to speak.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Sheehan on April 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
Lois Browne's "Girls of Summer" is a brief snapshot of the history of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. As someone doing research on the league, the book comes up short on providing more than just basic knowledge on the subject. Browne does sufficiently describe the girls and the spirit of the league in this heartwarming narrative. Browne's intended audience is clearly the general public, not as much the historical crowd. The book does not have a bibliography which leads me to wonder where the author obtained most of her information. Despite lacking researchable qualities, the book is fairly easy and enjoyable to read as it is divided according to individual seasons. I would recommend it for anyone who is looking for an introduction to the league.
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By Peggy R. Samuels on May 3, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Good read. Not 5 stars because for all that it is a good read, I felt like it jumped around a bit trying to cover the whole league. This made it difficult to stay engaged. But I did enjoy it
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By backcourt on February 25, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Interesting but slow moving.Read more like a textbook and I found myself skipping over or skimming several times (Something I rarely do). Guess you had to be there
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