- Hardcover: 392 pages
- Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (April 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0803244800
- ISBN-13: 978-0803244801
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,723,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A Game of Their Own reveals a thrilling and too-long-hidden part of our collective sports history. We owe Jennifer Ring a debt of gratitude for assembling this terrific text. We owe a similar debt to the women in these pages who fiercely and rebelliously love a sport that for too long has refused to return their affections. I don’t think a person can say they have a comprehensive sports history library without the inclusion of A Game of Their Own.”—Dave Zirin, sports editor of The Nation
“Ring does not bring comfort to those comfortable with the status quo in baseball. She raises tough questions and follows up with a poignant account of the girls and women who must continue to fight for their place on the field. Meticulously researched, eloquently told.”—Jean Hastings Ardell, author of Breaking into Baseball: Women and the National Pastime
“Jennifer Ring has written a book that fills a painful gap in baseball history. It is so much more than the story of the playing careers of a group of ballplayers. It is an examination, through the words of the players themselves, of their trials and struggles to be accepted as ballplayers.”—Leslie Heaphy, associate professor of history at Kent State University at Stark and coeditor of Encyclopedia of Women in Baseball(Leslie Heaphy 2014-09-16)
About the Author
Jennifer Ring is a professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is the author of Stolen Bases: Why American Girls Don’t Play Baseball.
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Ring tells the story of each player, one of which was her daughter, on a team that was largely ignored by the press. Compounding the issue is something that each woman faced while pursuing their athletic dreams – they were told that baseball wasn’t the proper game for them to play, instead they should play softball. Ring’s writing beautifully illustrates the determination of these young women saying “no” to this belief and instead continuing on with their baseball careers.
No matter which player is telling her story, the reader will be captivated by their grit and persistence. The reader will also learn about the systemic exclusion of girls and women in baseball and why the belief that softball is an “equal” sport is wrong on so many levels. It should be also mentioned that many of these players were excellent at the game, that many of them played with males in high school and college and more than held their own. The extra pressure many of them were under because they had to “prove” themselves will also be felt by readers as well.
More than just the content or message, what I really believe makes this book very good is Ring’s writing. Her style captures the emotions and heart of each player instead of just reporting on what they did on the field. If nothing else, for that reason alone everyone who reads baseball books should add this one to their libraries.
I wish to thank University of Nebraska Press for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.