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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600785603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600785603
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jennie Finch fell in love with softball as a young girl; in the years since, the sport shaped both the course of her life and her character. A two-time Olympian, Finch was a collegiate national player of the year at Arizona and pitched professionally. One of America s most popular athletes, she has worked extensively in television, is an active member of the Women s Sports Foundation, and conducts softball camps around the country. Finch is married to professional baseball player Casey Daigle, and they are the proud parents of two sons.

Ann Killion is an award-winning sportswriter who has written extensively on issues relating to girls and women s sports. Killion has covered the major national and international sports issues of the past two decades, including the rise of Olympic softball. A contributing writer to Sports Illustrated, Killion lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her family, including her athletic teenage daughter.

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Customer Reviews

My daughters and I love this book.
HPRMLC
This book was excellent and I highly recommend that anyone who coaches, teaches, or is the parent of a young girl read it.
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I read this book from back to front in one night.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By LoMac on August 26, 2011
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This is absolutely mandatory reading for any parent or young girl who wants to participate in any sport. This is not about learning the fundamentals of any certain sport. It's about learning the fundamentals of living and how athletics can contribute to a healthy and productive life. Too many people can't connect the two. I think Jennie Finch might just deserve another Gold Medal. Maybe we'll get a sequel called "The Cat and the Finch".
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Newman on December 10, 2011
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At the NYC marathon, Jennie Finch was running for charity. She was given the last place number and starting time, and money for charity was raised for each person she passed. I joked with friends prior to running that in view of this I would allow her to pass me if I saw her, and puncuated that promise with "as if I could stop her!" (As predicted, she did pass me and finished before me).

There is no doubt that Jennie Finch is a world-class athlete. Her long lists of accomplishments on the softball field speak for themselves. In Throw Like a Girl, we get to read her background story and philosophy of life. Much hangs around softball, of course, but the lessons she aims at young women (and I would argue at young men as well) go beyond the playing field. There are frank discussions of peer pressure and body image and peer relationships and balance in one's life. In a world that seems to honor celebrity, regardless of the reason, this book stands in strong contrast. Readers are told in no uncertain terms that they need to think out the consequences of their actions in view of the long-term benefits and drawbacks (e.g., Jennie's decision to turn down offers from certain men's magazines and the reasons she did so). There are no-nonsense statements about what it takes to be successful, and readers are told quite bluntly that success comes from hard work, not from updating your facebook status. This is excellent reading for the young people in your life, particularly girls, as they struggle with the pressures of their age and deciding who they want to be. This has been a "go to" present for families with young girls/women this holiday season.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Thomas B. Craig on October 16, 2011
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We have an 11 year old budding fast pitch softball grand-daughter. Jenny's book was terrific as she covers most all of the problems young athletes and their parents will have to deal with in school and sports. Natalie went to a two day Fast pitch, camp a month or so back, run by Lisa Fernandez and this is who Jenny described as the best female player in Women's Softball ever!

We thought the book was great and passed it on to our daughter and granddaughter to read. It covers all the bases and Jenny is a wonderful inspiration and model for young girls to follow
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HPRMLC on February 10, 2014
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My daughters and I love this book. It is very well written and gives girls that boost of confidence. We read a chapter at a time out loud, it shows them that hard work does pay off even when people tell you that you will amount to nothing, you keep on trying!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeri on March 11, 2013
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Thank you to Jennie Finch for taking time to share your story!! This was the first book my 13 year old has actually read cover to cover in months! And then reread. This is a must read for any preteen or teen whether or not they play softball. Those who do play softball, will be able to relate to her first hand experiences. This is an excellent motivator and helps girls understand that no one is perfect. It also teaches the value of a great work ethic. Jennie's success wasn't handed to her on a silver platter, she had to work hard and deal with disappointment like everyone else.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BooJer on June 19, 2012
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This is simply a great book for young girls who play team sports. Jennie goes over many aspects of team play both good and bad. She explains how she dealt with issues that I have seen over and over again in team sports. If you have a daughter that plays any sport this is a must read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Cobb on November 4, 2013
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I think this would be a good book for all girls who aspire to do well and have a future in softball
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. P. McEntee on January 18, 2013
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I got this for our 13 y/o daughter, a budding Softball star in her own right. She is loving the book.
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