Major League Bride: An Inside Look at Life Outside the Ballpark

Overview

"My day-to-day existence," writes Kathleen Lockwood, "rested on the ability of my husband to throw a tiny leather ball over ninety-five miles an hour past a large wooden bat." If that sounds like hyperbole, consider this: In the 12 years that followed their wedding in 1970, Kathleen and major leaguer Skip would move 35 times. The couple and their growing family endured three player strikes, a handful of trades and trade rumors, and the steady threat of a career-ending arm injury. Kathleen built lifelong friendships with other players' wives,

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Overview

"My day-to-day existence," writes Kathleen Lockwood, "rested on the ability of my husband to throw a tiny leather ball over ninety-five miles an hour past a large wooden bat." If that sounds like hyperbole, consider this: In the 12 years that followed their wedding in 1970, Kathleen and major leaguer Skip would move 35 times. The couple and their growing family endured three player strikes, a handful of trades and trade rumors, and the steady threat of a career-ending arm injury. Kathleen built lifelong friendships with other players' wives, managed their homes and cared for their children, and shared in the cycle of triumph and defeat that is life in the major leagues.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786445608
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/11/2010
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Lockwood married Skip Lockwood shortly after graduating from Regis College. Five children, six teams, and thirty-eight years later, the couple lives in New Hampshire.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Introduction: Opening Day 1

1 Return to Pooh Corner 7

2 Take Me Out to the Ballgame 22

3 Life Is a Ballgame 53

4 California Dreaming 76

5 Here, There and Everywhere 102

6 I Love New York 125

7 Didn't We Almost Have It All? 168

8 Please Come to Boston 180

9 Welcome to the Real World 202

Epilogue: Seasons in the Sun 213

Index 219

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  • Posted March 23, 2010

    Outta the Park and Back Home!

    Major League Bride: An Inside Look at Life Outside of the Ballpark by Kathleen Lockwood is reflective, smart, and packed with all the emotions that goes along with being a baseball fan. Kathleen openly shares her journey across the country where she and her husband interact with all kinds of fellow athletes, crazy, life-long little leaguers, die-hard, tenacious team mates, and courageous and hopeful fellow spouses. This book offers a unique perspective- a must read for all baseball fans.
    Kathleen shares her stories without delving into self pity. She appreciates the gift she has been given even as she copes with the loneliness of living half of the season on her own. As a military wife I can empathize with her struggles to maintain a positive attitude while dealing with events beyond your control. Her perspective is not only that of a young woman, but also one of a baseball fan. I find this refreshingly reassuring. It appears that she really does feel a common bond with the fans.
    Kathleen shares her perspective of baseball and brings you into her world. I felt really connected to her life, and therefore felt connected to her problems.

    It's reassuring that she has a common thread of faith running through her life and great that her love of baseball spilled over into her personal life. I shared in her stories so much that I wish I could have been part of this book. I want to feel the highs and lows she felt watching husband's successes and failures.

    It's apparent that Kathleen Lockwood in Major League Bride, values baseball as an ever-changing series of stories: the story of a marriage, the story of a game, the story of a team, the story of a season, and the story of a career. Every fan brings their own story to the game's narrative. Kathleen revels in this, as she relates how the dislocations and tough choices in life continue through the narrative of baseball. I really enjoyed reading Major League Bride. I think if you enjoy baseball you will love this book.

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  • Posted February 1, 2010

    I read this book in 3 hours!

    This is a great, upbeat story about the ups and downs of the family life of a professional baseball "wife" over 17 years in the game. I am a baseball fan, but I never imagined that their home life was as crazy as it sounds. Kathleen has a unique optimism and and generosity that makes this story different from a tabloid-y expose. I especially liked the stories of her negotiating a NY Mets contract for her husband, Skip Lockwood, after a night of Black Russians, and her husband almost missing their first child's birth because he was on a road trip.

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