She's on First

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She's on First is back! Full of riveting baseball action and captivating characters, this is the story of Linda Sunshine, first female major leaguer, shortstop for the never-in-first-place Chicago Eagles. It's also the story of Big Al Mowerinski, the owner who hired her for ulterior motives; Neal Vanderlin, the reporter who supports her; and the various teammates who want her on - or off - the Eagles.

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Overview

She's on First is back! Full of riveting baseball action and captivating characters, this is the story of Linda Sunshine, first female major leaguer, shortstop for the never-in-first-place Chicago Eagles. It's also the story of Big Al Mowerinski, the owner who hired her for ulterior motives; Neal Vanderlin, the reporter who supports her; and the various teammates who want her on - or off - the Eagles.

Published to stellar reviews in hardback in 1987 and paperback in 1988,
full of warmth, humor, and tough sentiment, She's on First is a great read with great baseball action, as commanding as a fastball, as surprising as a curve, and as satisfying as a home run. Too long out of print, this novel is a welcome-back addition to the field of baseball literature - don't miss it!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Unliberated baseball fans may well be won over by this appealing novel of the first woman in the big leagues; all baseball fans will appreciate Gregorich's sure feel for the game. College World Series shortstop Linda Sunshine is drafted for the double-A farm club of the Chicago Eagles. Big Al Mowerinski, Eagle owner and ex-star player, is determined to get his team out of its perennial fourth place. Sunshine (good bat, great glove) will also sell tickets. She works her way through the minors coping with ``tradition'' (aka prejudice) and separate showers. When Sunshine comes up to ``the bigs,'' she finds out, mainly from a hidebound manager and a nastily spoiled pitching ace, how tough hardball is. The characters aren't very deep, we've read about rookie phenoms before, Big Al's ``secret'' reason for pushing women into baseball is a bit hokey and so is Linda's love interest in a sportswriter. But the baseball scenes are crackerjack, and readers should end up wondering, ``Why not?'' Or, ``Why not before now?'' And ``Linda Sunshine'' isn't any stranger than, say, ``Darryl Strawberry.'' (March)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449573072
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/5/2010
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 1,000,114
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Gregorich is the author of She's on First, a well-received mainstream novel about the first female major leaguer. After writing a novel about the subject, Gregorich wondered whether there really were women who played baseball. Her curiosity led to four years of intensive research and the publication of the ground-breaking nonfiction book on the subject, Women at Play: The Story of Women in Baseball. This book won the SABR-MacMillan Baseball Research Award after its publication in 1993.

In addition to writing adult fiction and nonfiction, Gregorich also writes children's fiction and nonfiction. She has published more than 150 texts and activity books. Among her many books for children are two humorous early readers, Waltur Buys a Pig in a Poke and Other Stories and Waltur Paints Himself into a Corner and Other Stories.

More information is available at www.barbaragregorich.com.

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