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Like the first volume, this compilation contains the actual notes and research materials on several specific women who were subjects of "Women at Play." This volume covers notes on six of her subjects:
- Lizzie Arlington, (actual name, Elizabeth Stride) of Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, who earned a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame by pitching an inning for the Reading Coal Heavers against the Allentown Peanuts in an official July 5, 1898 Atlantic League game (th box score for the game hangs on the wall right next to the exhibit on the All American Girls League);
- Lizzie Murphy, the first woman to play for a major league team in an exhibition game, playing for an American League all star team against the Boston Red Sox in a 1922 game at Fenway Park, playing for an inning and batting once;
- Alta Weiss, a doctor's daughter who pitched for the Vemillion, Ohio men's team in a semi-pro league in 1908;
- Babe Didrickson, known most widely for her accomplishments as a professional golfer, but who displayed equal skill on the baseball diamond; pitching in several spring training games against major leaguers;
- Edith Houghton, who after a highly successful career touring with "Bloomer Girl" women's teams in the early part of the 20th century, was hired as a scout by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1946; and
- Jackie Mitchell, who signed a contract with the Chattanooga Lookouts in 1931 (subsequently voided by Commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis) and struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game.
The contents of Ms. Gregorich's compilation should be of interest to more than just to those seeking to research the respective subjects. The notes and articles on each subject are accompanied by the author's narrative which provides insights and information that should be welcomed by anyone having an interest in the history of women in baseball.
Like a hitter who says, "I let my bat do my talking," the materials themselves could simply stand on their own, as they are well organized and drawn from sources that do more than simply duplicate what was put forth in the 1993 book. Included is information that was not discovered at the time of original publication, as well as further analysis of information that was the subject of the original work.
However an additional dimension of the work is that the quality of Ms. Gregorich's narrative gives the reader progressing through the book the feeling of engaging in an ongoing discussion with her, rather than just reading supplemental material.
Ms. Gregorich's second compilation should be a welcomed addition to the growing body of work on women in baseball.