'Bloomer Girls: Women Baseball Pioneers' by Debra A. Shattuck

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                     'Bloomer Girls: Women Baseball Pioneers'

                                    by Debra A. Shattuck

Though baseball began as a gender-neutral sport, women of the 19th century faced many obstacles on their way to the diamond. Yet all-female nines took the field everywhere. Debra A. Shattuck pulls from newspaper accounts and hard-to-find club archives to reconstruct a forgotten era in baseball history. Her fascinating social history tracks women players who organized baseball clubs for their own enjoyment and found roster spots on men's teams. Entrepreneurs, meanwhile, packaged women's teams as entertainment, organizing leagues and tours. If the women faced financial exploitation and indignities like playing against men in women's clothing, they and countless ballplayers like them nonetheless staked a claim to the nascent national pastime. Shattuck explores how the determination to take their turn at bat thrust female players into the women's rights movement.

229 plus pages


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