Out at the Plate: The Dot Wilkinson Story

Out at the Plate: The Dot Wilkinson Story

by Lynn Ames
Out at the Plate: The Dot Wilkinson Story

Out at the Plate: The Dot Wilkinson Story

by Lynn Ames


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"Dot Wilkinson is the greatest female catcher ever to play softball. A bold, pioneering athlete, she refused to let others define her and instead defined herself. Her story is an inspiration to people everywhere.” —Billie Jean King, Sports Icon and Champion for Equality

It’s not simply that Dot Wilkinson was one of the most decorated women’s softball players, bowlers, and athletes of all time and one of the original players from the three-time-world-champion PBSW Phoenix Ramblers softball team (1933–1965). Nor was it the length of her time here on Earth—over a century—although any of these things by itself would be impressive.
The magic of Dot’s story is in the details. It’s the tale of a childhood spent in poverty, an indomitable, unbreakable spirit, a determination to be the very best to play whatever sport she undertook, the independence to live her personal life on her own terms, and her tremendous success at all of it.
Over more than a decade of countless conversations and interviews, Dot shared all of it with her dear friend, author Lynn Ames. Dot held nothing back. Out at the Plate, told through the lens of Dot and Lynn’s friendship, is the story of a forgotten era in women’s history and sports, and one extraordinary woman’s place at the center of it all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781641609999
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/17/2023
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 433,059
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lynn Ames has spent her entire career either making history or writing about it. She has been an award-winning journalist and nationally recognized speaker. She is the author of sixteen novels and is an accomplished athlete. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Author’s Note
Part One: Pre-Game Warm-Ups
1. Meeting Dot for the First Time
2. Dot & Eyes on the Stars
3. Dot & Ricki
4. Ricki Home, A League of Our Own, T-Day
5. Ricki’s Death & the Next Chapter
Part Two: Spring Training
6. Dot on Her Own for the Very First Time
7. Dot’s Parents’ Journey
8. Dot & Babe
Part Three: The Natural
9. Dot Finds a Mentor in Ford
10. The Early Years of Softball
11. The High School Years
Part Four: Hitting Her Stride
12. Coming into Her Own
13. The 1940 World Softball Championships
14. The War Years
Part Five: At the Top of Her Game
15. Keeping Her Eye on the Ball
16. We Are the Champions
17. Three and Out
Part Six: Rounding Third
18. The Winds of Change Are Blowing
19. The Pain of Loss
Part Seven: Heading for Home
20. Turning the Page
Part Eight: Extra Innings
21. Basking in the Afterglow
22. Adjusting to Life After Softball
23. Promises Kept
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