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The Resource Fastpitch : the untold history of softball and the women who made the game, Erica Westly

Fastpitch : the untold history of softball and the women who made the game, Erica Westly

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Fastpitch : the untold history of softball and the women who made the game
Title
Fastpitch
Title remainder
the untold history of softball and the women who made the game
Statement of responsibility
Erica Westly
Title variation
Fast pitch
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
If you think softball is just a "womens version" of the great American pastime of baseball well, think again. Fastpitch softball is one of the most widely played sports in the world, with tens of millions of active participants in various age groups. But the origins of this beloved sport and the charismatic athletes who helped it achieve prominence in the mid-twentieth century have been largely forgotten, until now. Fastpitch brings to life the eclectic mix of characters that make up softballs vibrant 129-year history. From its humble beginnings in 1887, when it was invented in a Chicago boat club and played with a broomstick, to the rise in the 1940s and 1950s of professional-caliber company-sponsored teams that toured the country in style, softballs history is as diverse as it is fascinating. Though its thought of today as a womans sport, fastpitch softballs early years featured several male stars, such as the vaudeville-esque Eddie Feigner, whose signature move was striking out batters while blindfolded. But because softball was one of the only team sports that women were allowed to play competitively, it took on added importance for female athletes. Top fastpitch teams of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, such as the New Orleans Jax Maids and Connecticuts Raybestos Brakettes, gave women access to employment and travel opportunities that would have been unavailable to them otherwise. At a time when female athletes had almost no prospects, softball offered them a chance to flourish. Women put off marriage and moved across the country just for a shot at joining a strong team. Told from the perspective of such influential players as Bertha Ragan Tickey, who set strikeout records and taught Lana Turner to pitch, and Joan Joyce, who struck out baseball legend Ted Williams and helped found a professional softball league with Billie Jean King, Fastpitch chronicles softballs rich history and its uncertain future (as evidenced by its controversial elimination from the 2012 Olympics and the mounting efforts to have it reinstated). A celebration of this unique American sport and the role it plays in our culture today, Fastpitch is as entertaining as it is inspiring. -- Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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Westly, Erica
Dewey number
796.357/8
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
no index present
LC call number
GV881
LC item number
.W47 2016
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Softball
  • Softball for women
  • Women softball players
  • Softball
  • Softball for women
  • Women softball players
Label
Fastpitch : the untold history of softball and the women who made the game, Erica Westly
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-289)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn913337191
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vii, 291 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781501118593
Lccn
2016285204
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)913337191
Label
Fastpitch : the untold history of softball and the women who made the game, Erica Westly
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-289)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn913337191
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vii, 291 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781501118593
Lccn
2016285204
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)913337191

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