Lady Tigers in the Concrete Jungle: How Softball and Sisterhood Saved Lives in the South Bronx

Lady Tigers in the Concrete Jungle: How Softball and Sisterhood Saved Lives in the South Bronx

by Dibs Baer


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A rousing and empowering story of dedication and overcoming all odds, featuring the tough and unforgettable athletes of the champion Lady Tigers softball team.

Violence was a way of life for the girls of Mott Middle School in the South Bronx. Some woke up to it at home, and others dodged it on the way to school. Vicious physical fights broke out in classrooms, hallways, and bathrooms. These girls filed their fingernails into sharp points because they had to be ready to go at any time. Then a new coach joined the ranks at Mott Middle, and a new program began: girl's softball.

Coach Astacio offers the girls the time and attention they need to take their first steps to success. As they learned to throw, hit and field, they also dealt with the foul balls life threw at them: abuse, fractured homes, and violence wherever they looked. But the biggest challenge they faced was learning to think and act like a team, not just a bunch of fierce girls against each other—and the world.

Lady Tigers in the Concrete Jungle is the incredible true story that captured the hearts of millions when they were invited to appear on Ellen earlier this year. The Lady Tigers were invited onto the field at Yankee Stadium where the Yankees honored Coach Astacio with “Coach of the Year” at their Hispanic Heritage Month Community Achievement Awards in September 2017. But beyond the headlines, this is a story of a self-selected community coming together with faith, courage, and new-found values to overcome fear, violence, and crippling doubt.

These girls have ushered in a new confidence and pride not only in themselves, but in their school, the faculty, and their friends. And while not all of them have continued down this new path, many are now the first in their families to go to college and are beginning to see how being a Lady Tiger will always be a part of their lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643130651
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 259,697
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Dibs Baer is an entertainment writer and editor who has worked in the magazine industry for more than fifteen years and is the author/co-author of six books, including the New York Times bestseller I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends. Dibs lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Tryouts & Shootouts ix

Part I Pre-Game 1

1 Building Character 3

2 Caught in the Cycle 19

3 A Bronx Tale or Two 27

4 As Sick As Your Secrets 41

5 Love & Loss 45

6 The Angel Kid 55

7 Gut Punch 63

8 A Teacher Gets Schooled 75

Part II Practice 95

9 Where's the Beef? 97

10 An Ultimatum 123

11 A New Beginning 147

12 Innocence Lost 167

Part III Play Bail 179

13 Win One For the Mister 181

14 Blowout in the Bronx 189

15 Sliding into Worst 199

16 The Show 217

17 Go Forth 8c Set the World on Fire 231

Epilogue: Winning Cures All 241

Acknowledgments 251

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