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