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No Girls in the Clubhouse: The Exclusion of Women from Baseball Paperback – January 29, 2009


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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (January 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078644018X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786440184
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,025,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marilyn Cohen is a professor of sociology and urban studies at Saint Peter's College, where she is also the director of women's studies. The author or editor of several books about Irish history and gender, she lives in Upper Montclair, New Jersey.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Phil Rich on February 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book, addressing women in the world of male dominated sport, and in this case baseball in particular, is not only scholarly but also enlightening and entertaining, going well well beyond just academic appeal but illuminating, interesting, and nicely written with easily accessible ideas. The book reflects the author's interest in not just women's studies, but her love of baseball and her outrage at the hand the game has dealt to women, despite their many contributions to the sport. Great overview and review of the history of the sport and the role women have, and have not, played (no pun intended!)in its development and fascinating history.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By takingadayoff TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 21, 2009
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From the 1890s to the 1950s, there was organized professional women's baseball in America. Since the 1950s, there have been no professional women's leagues, and just a few pro teams, the last being the Colorado Silver Bullets who folded in 1997.

Why are there very successful professional women tennis players, golfers, gymnasts? Women's basketball at the college level is quite popular. Women's soccer is a big draw at the Olympics. What's different about baseball?

In No Girls in the Clubhouse, Marilyn Cohen addresses the question and finds that the answer is sexism, pure and simple. There's a lot of evidence to back up her conclusion.

Cohen gives an entertaining and comprehensive history of women's baseball from its earliest days in the 1860s. When professional men's teams began to form in the 1880s, it wasn't too long before women followed suit. The first women's teams were a loosely formed "league" of traveling exhibition teams called The Bloomer Girls. Each team had a few men players dressed in skirts and curly wigs, fooling no one. In fact, the men looked on their time with the Bloomer Girls teams as a stepping stone to the big leagues. Rogers Hornsby was a Bloomer Girl in 1912.

Although there were no racially integrated Bloomer Girl teams, there were all-black women's Bloomer Girls. The Bloomer Girls teams played against men's minor league and semi-pro teams. They rarely, if ever, played each other.

Bloomer Girls lasted until the mid 1930s and it wasn't until World War II that women's pro ball returned with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, made famous again with the movie A League of Their Own. This time the women played other women's teams, almost exclusively.
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