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Baseball Books

If you can‛t be playing baseball, you can always read about it! Here are some books that our players and coaches have recommended. Feel free to let us know if you have a favorite that we haven‛t listed!


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Title: A League of My Own: Memoir of a Pitcher for the AllAmerican Girls Professional Baseball League
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Age Range: NA

Excerpt:

Growing up, Pat Brown was told she couldn’t play baseball because she was a girl. Today, after playing for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1950 and 1951, she is among the few women professional baseball players to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. This memoir follows Brown from the sandlot to the AAGPBL and on through her college sports career. Brown shares her thoughts on the League’s history and considers the future for women’s professional baseball. The author also presents interviews with former AAGPBL players Helen Hannah Campbell, Patricia “Pat” Courtney, Madeline “Maddy” English, Lenora “Smokey” Mandella, Jacqueline “Jackie” Mattson, Jane Moffet, Mary “Sis” Moore, and Janet “Pee Wee” Wiley.


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Title: A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie Peanut Johnson
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Age Range: 9 – 12

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She looks the batter in the eye. Sizes him up for a curve- or fastball. Stretches her 5′ 2″ frame. And pops a surefire, windup, coming-right-at-ya pitch smack dab over the plate. One that lets the batter know that this “peanut of a girl” means business. Fueled by her passion for the game and buoyed by the inspiration of Jackie Robinson, Mamie Johnson is determined to be a professional baseball pitcher. From the time she insists on trying out for the all-male all-white Police Athletic League team until she becomes one of only three women to play in the Negro Leagues, Mamie Johnson’s life shows that courage and a fierce curve-ball can make a childhood dream come true.


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Title: A Whole New Ball Game: The Story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
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Age Range: 9 – 12

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Describes the activities of the members of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, the women’s professional baseball league that existed between 1943 and 1954.


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Title: Baseball Ballerina: (Step into Reading Books Series: A Step 2 Book)
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Age Range: 6 – 8

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A baseball-loving girl worries that the ballet class her mother forces her to take will ruin her reputation with the other members of her baseball team.


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Title: Breaking into Baseball: Women and the National Pastime
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Age Range: NA

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This study of the quiet but steady contribution of women to the game considers its subject from all angles and every level of participation, presenting women not only as ballplayers but as umpires, managers, sportswriters, fans and sometimes even oglers. Sportswriter Ardell even treats the real-life phenomenon of the “Baseball Annie.” A broad, accessible history; for all collections.


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Title: Dirt on Their Skirts: The Story of the Young Women Who Won the World Championship
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Age Range: 5 – 8

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Margaret experiences the excitement of watching the 1946 championship game of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League as it goes into extra innings.


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Title: Girl Who Struck out Babe Ruth
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Age Range: 6 – 8

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A retelling of the day Jackie Mitchell, a seventeen-year-old female professional baseball player, struck out the New York Yankees best hitters, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, in an exhibition game in 1931.


Cover of Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings
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Title: Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings
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Age Range: 5 – 8

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In the early 1900s, Alta Weiss, a young woman who knows from an early age that she loves baseball, finds a way to show that she can play, even though she is a girl.


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Title: Kit's Home Run (The American Girls Short Stories Series)
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Age Range: 7 – 10

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In 1933 Cincinnati, Kit is an enthusiastic baseball player whose home run slide has surprising consequences. Includes historical notes on major league baseball and the Cincinnati Reds in the 1930s and provides ideas for decorating a baseball cap.


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Title: Mama Played Baseball
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Age Range: 5 – 8

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Young Amy helps her mother to get a job as a player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League while Amy’s father is serving in the Army during World War II.


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Title: Mighty Jackie: The Strike-Out Queen
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Age Range: 5 – 8

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In 1931, seventeen-year-old Jackie Mitchell pitches against Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game, becoming the first professional female pitcher in baseball history.


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Title: My Thirteenth Season
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Age Range: 10 – 12

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Already downhearted due to the loss of her mother and her father’s overwhelming grief, thirteen-year-old Fran decides to give up her dream of becoming the first female in professional baseball after a coach attacks her just for being a girl.


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Title: Play Better Baseball for Girls: Winning Techniques for Players and Coaches
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Age Range: NA

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From the widely respected baseball coach and author Bob Cluck, here is a book that will help girls improve their baseball skills at the youth-league level and beyond. This fully illustrated guidebook covers both baseball fundamentals and mental preparation for the girls of all ages who are joining organized baseball leagues in record numbers.

Play Better Baseball for Girls features core baseball instruction geared exclusively toward girls, along with more than 100 instructional photos. Also included is specific advice for female players and a special chapter for coaches who have female players on their teams.


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Title: Players in Pigtails
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Age Range: 5 – 8

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Katie Casey, a fictional character, helps start the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which gave women the opportunity to play professional baseball while America was involved in World War II.


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Title: Sliding Into Home
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Age Range: Young Adult

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The Pawtucket Slaterettes Girls’ Baseball League was used as the basis for this book and is mentioned in the book!

When thirteen-year-old, Joelle, a star baseball player, moves to a new town where the only option for girls is softball, she starts an all-girl baseball league against the wishes of her school coaches and others in the town.


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Title: Some Kind Of Pride
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Age Range: 8 – 12

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Named after the greatest baseball player of all time, eleven-year-old Ruth dreams of becoming a major league baseball player until she overhears her father lamenting the fact that she is a girl.


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Title: The Girl Who Saved Baseball
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Age Range: NA

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The Girl Who Saved Baseball is humorous, yet occasionally bittersweet. Written from the viewpoint of an aging minor league baseball manager who finds new purpose in life by guiding four promising players. One is a girl who has a mission not only to make the major leagues, but also to “save” baseball from the stigma of have and have not teams, runaway salaries, and the temptations of steroids. It rings with baseball lore, past and present, and takes the reader into the world of baseball owners, players, managers, agents, talent scouts. Yet it never loses sight that the novel is about people, their struggles, needs and wants, disappointments, and their achievements.


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Title: The Girls Take Over
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Age Range: 9 – 12

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The Malloy girls and the Hatford boys continue to get in trouble as they try to outdo each other in bottle racing, spelling, and baseball.


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Title: Winning Women in Baseball and Softball
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Age Range: 12+

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Surveys the history of women in baseball and softball, how the games are played, what equipment is used, and the lives of four famous players, Dot Richardson, Lisa Fernandez, Ila Borders, and Julie Croteau.