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Chasing Baseball: Our Obsession with Its History, Numbers, People and Places Paperback – January 11, 2010
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"a fascinating read that will be especially inspiring for women who love the game"--Library Journal; "each chapter is fascinating and demonstrates beyond any doubt that Harold Seymour left a great deal more behind than his books. Mills was Seymour's passionate partner, and she continues holding the flame. Eccentric? Yes. Worth reading? Yes. Recommended"--Choice; "a fascinating read that will be especially inspiring for women who love the game"--SABR; "if you are a baseball fan, then this is a book for your shelf"--The Inside Game; "a provocative chronicle of the ever-changing game of baseball"--Nine; "fascinating"--girlsplaybaseball.wordpress.com; "a worthwhile purchase for those whose passion for the game extends beyond that of the casual fan"--Daily Bulletin; "Delightful"--Ken Fenster, professor of history, Georgia Perimeter College; "Dorothy Seymour Mills has hit a home run again.... Written in two parts, 'A Manly Pursuit' and 'A Womanly Pursuit, ' [the book] explains why baseball holds a fascination for many people of both genders--and for both the young and young at heart. A must read for those who want to understand this aspect of our American culture."--Monica Nucciarone, author of Alexander Cartwright: The Life Behind the Legend; "One of the most informative and accurate books I have ever read. All baseball fans and front-office employees should read Chasing Baseball"--Hall of Famer Bob Feller; "My opinion is that everyone who calls themselves an American baseball fan should read [this book]"--Joan M. Thomas, author of Baseball's First Lady: Helene Hathaway Robison Britton and the St. Louis Cardinals.
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For more than five decades, pioneering researcher Dorothy Seymour Mills has studied and written about baseball's past. With this groundbreaking book, she turns her attention to the historians, stat hounds, and many thousands of not-so-casual fans whose fascination with the game and its history, like her own, defies easy explanation. As Mills demonstrates, baseball elicits a passion--and inspires a slightly off-kilter, obsessive behavior--that is only slightly less interesting than the people who indulge it.
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This is really two books in one: the first half focuses on men's baseball, primarily major league baseball, while the second half focuses on women's baseball.
The men's baseball portion speaks of baseball tours, baseball fantasy camps, the estimated 70,000 books that have been written about the game, and basically anything that a baseball fanatic would get involved in.
As for the women's portion, of course the focus is on the AAGPBL, the 1940s/1950s women's baseball league made famous by the movie, A League Of Their Own. However, it goes far, far beyond that to talk about early women ballplayer pioneers all the way up to women and girls in baseball today. Very eye-opening.
One off-putting thing is that the author kept referring to Harold Seymour, her late husband, the baseball historian, in exactly that way. Never "Harold" or "my late husband." Aha, then I remembered: though Harold got all the credit for writing the famous baseball history trilogy, Dorothy actually co-wrote and co-reearched them but never got a bit of credit. That's a whole other story.