League of My Own: Memoir of a Pitcher for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League

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Growing up, Pat Brown was told she couldn't play baseball because she was a girl. Today, after playing for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1950 and 1951, she is among the few women professional baseball players to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. This memoir follows Brown from the sandlot to the AAGPBL and on through her college sports career. Brown shares her thoughts on the League's history and considers the future for women's professional baseball. The author also ...
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Overview

Growing up, Pat Brown was told she couldn't play baseball because she was a girl. Today, after playing for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1950 and 1951, she is among the few women professional baseball players to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. This memoir follows Brown from the sandlot to the AAGPBL and on through her college sports career. Brown shares her thoughts on the League's history and considers the future for women's professional baseball. The author also presents interviews with former AAGPBL players Helen Hannah Campbell, Patricia "Pat" Courtney, Madeline "Maddy" English, Lenora "Smokey" Mandella, Jacqueline "Jackie" Mattson, Jane Moffet, Mary "Sis" Moore, and Janet "Pee Wee" Wiley.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786414741
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/12/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Patricia I. Brown was a retired lawyer and associate law librarian at Suffolk University Law Library. She is included in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I Inside the AAGPBL: A Ballplayer's Memoir
1 Beginning and End of My Sandlot Days 5
2 Discovering the AAGPBL 13
3 Rookie School 21
4 The Kenosha Comets 30
5 The Chicago Colleens 40
6 The 1950 Tour Begins 49
7 From the Battle Creek Belles to College 75
8 After College, What? 93
9 Recognition for the AAGPBL 107
Pt. II Thoughts on League History
10 What Did Wrigley Want? 133
11 What Happened After Wrigley? 139
12 Why Did the League End? 145
13 Is There a Future for Women in Baseball? 151
Pt. III Interviews with Former AAGPBL Players
Helen Hannah Campbell 155
Patricia "Pat" Courtney 161
Madeline "Maddy" English 164
Lenora "Smokey" Mandella 169
Jacqueline "Jackie" Mattson 172
Jane Moffet 174
Mary "Sis" Moore 179
Janet "Pee Wee" Wiley 184
Epilogue 189
App. A Annotated Rules of Conduct 191
App. B Night Baseball at Wrigley Field: The Women Did It First 197
Bibliography and Source Material 201
Index 203
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2003

    Interesting Book for fans of the AAGPBL

    Pat Brown's A League of My Own is a great addition to anybody's baseball library. While there are have been several great books written on the league's history, Brown's has the distinction of being written by an actual former player. For AAGPBL enthusiasts, A League of My Own offers great insight into the events, attitudes, and experiences of the 1949-1950 player development teams which is mentioned in most accounts, but so far hasn't been detailed this well. Also interesting to read of this woman's personal story and how professional baseball was just one chapter in a long sports career. Great Book!

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