You Let Some Girl Beat You?: The Story of Ann Meyers Drysdale

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"Annie was one of the best players ever. I didn't say male or female; I said ever."—Bill Russell, former Boston Celtics player

Ann Meyers Drysdale is one of the greatest stars in the history of basketball. But her rise wasn't without controversy. Her 1979 NBA bid to play with the Indiana Pacers brought a barrage of criticism. But Ann simply wanted to play among the best. She had always competed with the guys, and she never let anyone keep her down. In You Let Some Girl Beat You?...

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Overview

"Annie was one of the best players ever. I didn't say male or female; I said ever."—Bill Russell, former Boston Celtics player

Ann Meyers Drysdale is one of the greatest stars in the history of basketball. But her rise wasn't without controversy. Her 1979 NBA bid to play with the Indiana Pacers brought a barrage of criticism. But Ann simply wanted to play among the best. She had always competed with the guys, and she never let anyone keep her down. In You Let Some Girl Beat You? she shares her inspirational story for the first time.

A female first in many categories, Meyers Drysdale was the first woman ever signed to a four-year athletic scholarship to UCLA, where she remains the only four-time Bruin basketball All American, male or female. Ann was also the only woman ever asked to compete in ABC Sports' Superstars, pitting her against elite athletes like Mark Spitz, Joe Frazier, O.J. Simpson, and Mark Gastineau.

After her athletic career Ann Meyers Drysdale went on to do color commentary on all the national stations. She also married Don Drysdale, legendary pitcher and announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, making them the first ever married couple enshrined in their respective sport's Hall of Fame. Today Ann continues to break through barriers. She is the only female vice president in the NBA (she is vice president of the Phoenix Suns), and is also the general manager of the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, which has won two WNBA championships since she took over four years ago. The New York Times featured her prominently in a piece in August 2011 called "Pioneers Continue to Shepherd Women's Basketball." Time magazine recently named her one of the ten greatest female athletes of all time.

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"A stunning portrayal of one of today's legendary women's basketball treasurers." —-Alana M. Glass, Esq. Forbes.com SportsMoney Contributor
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933016788
  • Publisher: Behler Publications, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 166,086
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Myers Drysdale:
Ann was recently named by Time Magazine as one of the Top 10 Female Sports Pioneers of all time and is the only woman ever to play for an NBA team (the Indiana Pacers in 1979) and the only woman to sign a no-cut contract with the NBA. She was also the first woman ever to do color commentary of an NBA game, as well as the first woman to announce an NBA game on network television.

Ann was the first woman ever signed to a four-year athletic scholarship to UCLA, where she led the Women’s basketball team to their only National Championship in 1978. She was also a National Champion in Track & Field (both the pentathlon & high jump). To this day, she is the only four-time Bruin basketball All American, male or female. Ann was also the only woman ever asked to compete in ABC Sports’ Superstars, a popular made for TV competition pitting elite athletes like Mark Spitz, Joe Frazier, O.J. Simpson and Mark Gastineau against one another in a series of ten different events. After dominating the women’s competition three years in a row, Ann was invited to compete against the men.

After her athletic career Ann married Don Drysdale, legendary pitcher & announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, making them the first ever married couple enshrined in their respective sports’ Halls of Fame. Today Ann continues to break through barriers. She is the only female Vice President in the NBA (she is VP of the Phoenix Suns), and is also the General Manager of the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, which has won two WNBA Championships since she took over four years ago. The New York Times featured her prominently in a piece in August 2010 called “Pioneers Continue to Shepherd Women’s Basketball” (http://nyti.ms/dCm3Nz )

Ann has worked extensively as a broadcaster, as well. She covered the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Olympics for NBC and will be covering the 2012 Olympics for NBC. She also has an ongoing relationship with Fox, having just broadcast the Stanford vs. Cal Pac 10 men’s basketball finals last month.

Joni Ravenna - co-writer:
Joni Ravenna has been the editor of the OC Woman Section of Parenting Magazine for the last six years. She also writes for Taste for Life Magazine and her work has been published in the LA Times, Esquire and Coast Magazine, among others

Ravenna is also a television writer/producer and a published, award-winning playwright. She wrote the 2007 PBS Pledge Specials “The Donovan Concert –Live at the Kodak,” and 2009’s “Latin Music Legends with Trini Lopez.” Other writer credits include “The Aging of America with Lee Meriwether,” “Judy Garland- Duets,” “My Hong Kong with Nancy Kwan,” “Earth Trek” and “Ticket to Adventure” for PBS, Outdoor Life, The Travel Channel and Fox Sports respectively. Her series “Great Sports Vacations” earned an ACE nomination in ’93 and was at one time the highest rated show on The Travel Channel.

Over the years Ravenna has interviewed for print and/or television such film stars, authors and sports legends as Sean Connery, Deepak Chopra, Brad Pitt, Johnny Bench, Sidney Sheldon, Jenny McCarthy, Sissy Spacek, Marianne Williamson, Jim Brown, Willie McCovey, Willie Gault and Elgin Baylor.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Julius Erving

1 A Women in A Man's World 1

2 Chasing What I Loved 16

3 The Man Who Was Not Intimidated 24

4 Let The Race Begin 31

5 You Let Some Girl Beat You? 38

6 Learning to Harness the Fire Within 47

7 UCLA & That Old Nemesis: Change 58

8 The Olympics - A Dream Come True 66

9 "Precious Medals" 78

10 The Championship, At Last 86

11 A League of Our Own 94

12 The Right Strategy Equals Success 114

13 Burning Up the Courts Like Lava 120

14 Waiting It Out 129

15 Gal's Got Game 143

16 My Big Broadcasting Break 153

17 Goodwill Toward All 162

18 Juggling It All - Life With Don and Our Children 167

19 Any Other: Loss 178

20 Fly Me to the Moon 189

21 Moving On 196

22 A Single Mother 208

23 The Road to the Boardroom is Through the Locker Room 217

24 Where We Go From Here 228

Acknowledgments 234

Awards/Halls of Fame 232

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  • Posted June 11, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Ann Meyers Drysdale's story of being a first generation Title IX Athlete is fantastic. You Let Some Girl Beat You ?, definitely speaks to all of us women who just wanted to play sports because we loved to PLAY.

    Women today need to have the opportunity to get an quality education, in the field of study that best suits their talents, and learn to effectively manage competitive and team situations, to provide for themselves and their families. Fortunately, Title IX helps provide opportunities that weren't available prior to 1972.

    Thank you Ann for sharing your story. It is a great inspiration

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 3, 2013

    Thanks!

    The post help me to decide if i want the book your not. I put it on my wish list because i can not buy it right now. I have been looking into basketball and i may play this winter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Ann Meyers Drysdale has truly had a wonderful life: Hall of Fame

    Ann Meyers Drysdale has truly had a wonderful life: Hall of Fame scholar-athlete, NBA executive, sports broadcaster and analyst, loving wife and devoted mother who exemplifies the virtues of following an ethical, faith-based path. Quite simply, she is the best of the best.

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  • Posted August 11, 2012

    Captivated me!

    Loved reading the life story of this pioneer of womens basketball. She is just an absolutely incredible athlete in so many areas, and has parlayed her success in sports to her life in general.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    One for women's basketball fans

    I n her autobiography Ann Meyers Drysdale takes the reader back to the beginning of women's basketball history. If you're a fan or afan of sports in general you should find this entertaining. There are lots of photos too.

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  • Posted June 26, 2012

    Most inspiring, empowering book I've read, and I'm not a big rea

    Most inspiring, empowering book I've read, and I'm not a big reader. I laughed and cried. Love to see a movie come from this.

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