Drawing Card

Author: Dorothy Seymour Mills
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786489456
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In the early 20th century, two female baseball players signed with minor league teams only to have their contracts canceled when their gender became public. They withdrew politely, never having the chance to put their talents on display. In this historical novel, Cleveland pitcher Annie Cardello does not go so quietly. When the baseball commissioner cancels her signed agreement, she vows to retaliate. A volatile woman with family roots in ancient Sicily, Annie plots her revenge--murder. A deft blend of sports history and thriller, Drawing Card demonstrates the danger of a woman scorned, especi.

The Baseball Novel

Author: Noel Schraufnagel
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786435577
Size: 62.52 MB
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This annotated bibliography covers approximately 400 novels published from 1838 through 2007. A substantial introduction to the history and development of the genre precedes the chronologically arranged entries, which provide bibliographic details and extensive annotations on plot, themes, and compositional strengths and weaknesses. Mainstream novels by writers such as Hemingway, Wolfe, Roth, and DeLillo are included. Appendices provide historical overviews for the primary baseball subgenres, including mystery, fantasy, and science-fiction; lists for novels that foreground issues of race or ethnicity (or both, as in Winegardner's Vera Cruz Blues), gender (Gilbert's A League of Their Own), and class (Hay's The Dixie Association); and the author's rankings of great baseball novels overall and by subgenre.

Making My Pitch

Author: Ila Jane Borders
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 1496200209
Size: 49.86 MB
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Making My Pitch tells the story of Ila Jane Borders, who despite formidable obstacles became a Little League prodigy, MVP of her otherwise all-male middle school and high school teams, the first woman awarded a baseball scholarship, and the first to pitch and win a complete men's collegiate game. After Mike Veeck signed Borders in May 1997 to pitch for his St. Paul Saints of the independent Northern League, she accomplished what no woman had done since the Negro Leagues era: play men's professional baseball. Borders played four professional seasons and in 1998 became the first woman in the modern era to win a professional ball game. Borders had to find ways to fit in with her teammates, reassure their wives and girlfriends, work with the media, and fend off groupies. But these weren't the toughest challenges. She had a troubled family life, a difficult adolescence as she struggled with her sexual orientation, and an emotionally fraught college experience as a closeted gay athlete at a Christian university. Making My Pitch shows what it's like to be the only woman on the team bus, in the clubhouse, and on the field. Raw, open, and funny at times, her story encompasses the loneliness of a groundbreaking pioneer who experienced grave personal loss. Borders ultimately relates how she achieved self-acceptance and created a life as a firefighter and paramedic and as a coach and goodwill ambassador for the game of baseball.

Cardboard Gods

Author: Josh Wilker
Publisher: Seven Footer Press
ISBN: 9781934734162
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Captures the experience of growing up obsessed with baseball cards and explores what it means to be a fan of the game as the author marks the stages of his life through the cards he collected as a child.

The Devil S Snake Curve

Author: Josh Ostergaard
Publisher: Coffee House Press
ISBN: 1566893461
Size: 21.50 MB
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The Devil's Snake Curve offers an alternative American history, in which colonialism, jingoism, capitalism, and faith are represented by baseball. Personal and political, it twines Japanese internment camps with the Yankees; Walmart with the Kansas City Royals; and facial hair patterns with militarism, Guantanamo, and the modern security state. An essay, a miscellany, and a passionate unsettling of Josh Ostergaard's relationship with our national pastime, it allows for both the clover of a childhood outfield and the persistence of the game's service to those in power. America and baseball are both hard to love or leave in this, by turns coruscating and heartfelt, debut. Josh Ostergaard holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota and an MA in cultural anthropology. He has been an urban anthropologist at the Field Museum and now works at Graywolf Press.

Baseball Then To Wow

Author: The Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids
Publisher: Sports Illustrated Kids
ISBN: 9781618931429
Size: 16.98 MB
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Baseball: Then to WOW! shows readers how baseball has evolved from the early days of the 1920s to the game it is today. Using MLB action photographs, illustrations, stories, and trivia, the book is a journey through time both for baseball fans and those new to the game. Kids will learn how basic equipment has changed from fingerless gloves to specially tailored leather-bound mitts and how the evolution of game strategy has transformed the sport, players, and equipment. Players throughout history are stacked up against each other in every position so fans can dream up the perfect fantasy team with Babe Ruth playing alongside Hank Aaron and Reggie Jackson. A fun-filled section of the book explores everything fan culture-from the perfect ballpark frank to the importance of baseball cards and video games in popularizing the sport.

Drawing From Memory

Author: Allen Say
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 1338088262
Size: 13.71 MB
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Caldecott Medalist Allen Say presents a stunning graphic novel chronicling his journey as an artist during WWII, when he apprenticed under Noro Shinpei, Japan’s premier cartoonist DRAWING FROM MEMORY is Allen Say's own story of his path to becoming the renowned artist he is today. Shunned by his father, who didn't understand his son's artistic leanings, Allen was embraced by Noro Shinpei, Japan's leading cartoonist and the man he came to love as his "spiritual father." As WWII raged, Allen was further inspired to consider questions of his own heritage and the motivations of those around him. He worked hard in rigorous drawing classes, studied, trained--and ultimately came to understand who he really is. Part memoir, part graphic novel, part narrative history, DRAWING FROM MEMORY presents a complex look at the real-life relationship between a mentor and his student. With watercolor paintings, original cartoons, vintage photographs, and maps, Allen Say has created a book that will inspire the artist in all of us.

The Cambridge Companion To Baseball

Author: Leonard Cassuto
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521761824
Size: 73.16 MB
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From Babe Ruth to the Black Sox scandal, this Companion examines baseball's history, global identity, current challenges and memorable personalities.

The Treskel

Author: Dorothy Jane Mills
Publisher: Dorothy Mills
ISBN: 9781413486780
Size: 17.52 MB
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Katya Becker, an Austrian-American fashion designer and the intrepid heroine of The Sceptre and The Labyrinth, returns to Europe in the spring of 1938 despite the danger of contacts with Benito Mussolini and his guest Adolf Hitler. She aids in the escape of a scientist from fascist Italy. In Ireland she meets two fascinating men; at home, she is threatened by German Nazis before being rescued by the man she wants for a life partner. Two flashbacks to ancient Europe foreshadow the events of 1938 Italy and reveal the treskel, a symbol representing feminine strength, as uniting past and present.