Drawing Card

Author: Dorothy Seymour Mills
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786489456
Format: PDF, Mobi
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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, especially one with a mean curve ball.

Making My Pitch

Author: Ila Jane Borders
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 1496200209
Format: PDF, Kindle
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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.

The Baseball Novel

Author: Noel Schraufnagel
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786435577
Format: PDF, Mobi
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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.

The Cambridge Companion to Baseball

Author: Leonard Cassuto
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521761824
Format: PDF, Kindle
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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.

Ein Papagei in Brooklyn

Author: David Duchovny
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 3641190304
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Marty Fullilove und sein Sohn Ted sind beide auf ihre ganz eigene Art im Leben gescheitert. Der Vater als zynischer Lebemann, der an nichts ein gutes Haar lassen kann. Der Sohn als Möchtegern-Schriftsteller, der als Erdnussverkäufer im Stadion arbeitet. Beide haben seit Jahren kein Wort miteinander gewechselt. Da braucht es schon einen unheilbaren Lungenkrebs, damit Ted seinem Vater einen Besuch abstattet. Zunächst wird er mit den üblichen Vorwürfen und Beschimpfungen begrüßt. Doch nach und nach finden die beiden zueinander – über Baseball, die Suche nach der wahren Liebe und die Freuden des Cannabiskonsums.

Elsewhere California

Author: Dana Johnson
Publisher: Catapult
ISBN: 1619020831
Format: PDF
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“Avery’s evolution—a black woman trying to claim her place—is as heartbreaking as it is humorous, powerful as it is poignant.” —Los Angeles Times As a young girl, Avery escaped the violent streets of Los Angeles to a more gentrified existence in suburban West Covina. But this new life, filled with school, visits to 7–Eleven to gawk at Tiger Beat magazine, and outings to Dodger Stadium, is soon interrupted by a reminder of the past in the form of her violent cousin Keith. When Keith moves in with her family, he triggers a series of events that will follow Avery throughout her life: to her studies at USC, to her burgeoning career as a painter and artist, and into her relationship with a wealthy Italian who sequesters her in his glass-walled house in the Hollywood Hills. The past will even intrude upon Avery’s first gallery show, proving her mother’s adage: Every goodbye ain’t gone. “In this debut novel, Johnson brilliantly knits the dual narratives together, maintaining a dynamic balance between nimble language and rowdy, vulnerable characters. The real achievement is the honest, compassionate, and unflinching willingness to honor teenage struggles for identity, confidence, and love while listening to Led Zeppelin and rooting for the Dodgers.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) “[An] extraordinary novel . . . Avery is about as complex and compelling a heroine as I’ve read recently . . . a luminous, funny, and poignant tale that speaks directly to a whole generation raised in a state of cultural confusion.” —Danzy Senna, author of You Are Free and Caucasia

Total Baseball

Author: John Thorn
Publisher: Total Sports
ISBN: 9781930844018
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A comprehensive baseball reference offers exhaustive and up-to-date information on baseball players from the nineteenth century to the present, covering statistical leaders, lifetime records of players, team lineups, and other data.

Wacky Packages

Author: The Topps Company
Publisher: ABRAMS
ISBN: 1613122586
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Take a fun look back at Quacker Oats, Blisterine, and more classic packaging parodies—plus an interview with creator Art Spiegelman! Known affectionately among collectors as “Wacky Packs,” the Topps stickers that parodied well-known consumer brands were a phenomenon in the 1970s—even outselling the Topps Company’s baseball cards for a while. But few know that the genius behind it all was none other than Art Spiegelman—the Pulitzer Prize–winning graphic novelist who created Maus. This treasury includes an interview with Spiegelman about his early career and his decades-long relationship with the memorabilia company—as well as a colorful compendium that will bring back memories of such products as Plastered Peanuts, Jail-O, Weakies cereal, and many more. Illustrated by notable comics artists Kim Deitch, Bill Griffith, Jay Lynch, Norm Saunders, and more, this collection is a visual treat, a load of laughs, and a tribute to a beloved product that’s been delighting kids (and adults) for decades.