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We Were All-American Girls (McFarland, 2013)

We Were the All-American Girls (McFarland, 2013) has 42 interviews by Jim Sargent with women who competed in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League during the years 1943 to 1954. Each interview features information about a player, a short summary of her athletic career, and the player’s recollections. A brief history covers the many changes as the first-ever women’s baseball league evolved from underhand pitching with a 12-inch circumference ball (softball size) in 1943 to overhand pitching, adopted in 1948, through the circuit’s final season, 1954, when a regulation baseball was introduced. Conducted from 1995 to 2012, the interviews reveal memories of games, highlights of individual careers, the camaraderie of teammates, opponents, and fans, and the impact the league made on their lives. Several players recall how the 1992 movie A League of Their Own brought the historic All-American League back to life almost 40 years after the final game was played.

Robert M. Gorman, co-author of The South Bend Blue Sox (McFarland, 2012), observed, "We Were the All-American Girls is an invaluable resource, providing insightful first-hand accounts from the women who played the game.  It presents a unique you-are-there perspective that is not available in any other sources covering the history of the league.”

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Cost from author: $30 postpaid