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No girls in the clubhouse : the exclusion of women from baseball / Marilyn Cohen.

By: Cohen, Marilyn, 1952-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2009Description: x, 218 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 078644018X (softcover : alk. paper); 9780786440184 (softcover : alk. paper).Subject(s): Women baseball players -- United States | Women baseball players -- United States -- Biography | Baseball for women -- United States -- HistoryDDC classification: 796.357082
Contents:
The exclusion of women from professional baseball. Patriarchal myths ; "Contraband pleasure" : Victorian era baseball, 1866-1890 ; "Playing to the surprise and delight of the crowd" : Bloomer girls and barnstorming exhibition players, 1890-1935 ; "More than the usual variety of curves" : the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, 1943-1954 ; "A woman has her dreams too" : three women players in the professional Negro American League, 1952-1954 -- "Do something momentous" : the Florida Sun Sox (1984) and the Colorado Silver Bullets (1994-1997) ; "But Ila's for real" : Ila Borders, 1985-2000 -- The exclusion of girls and women from amateur baseball. He-sport and she-sport : the origins and infrastructure of gender exclusion in amateur baseball ; "It's baseball lib" : Little League Baseball and public Americana, 1939-1974.
Summary: "Even though teenaged girl Jackie Mitchell once struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, women are still striking out on the hardball diamond. This book builds on recently published histories of women as amateur and professional players, umpires, sports commentators and fans to analyze the cultural and historical contexts for excluding females from America's past time"--Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 201-210) and index.

"Even though teenaged girl Jackie Mitchell once struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, women are still striking out on the hardball diamond. This book builds on recently published histories of women as amateur and professional players, umpires, sports commentators and fans to analyze the cultural and historical contexts for excluding females from America's past time"--Provided by publisher.

The exclusion of women from professional baseball. Patriarchal myths ; "Contraband pleasure" : Victorian era baseball, 1866-1890 ; "Playing to the surprise and delight of the crowd" : Bloomer girls and barnstorming exhibition players, 1890-1935 ; "More than the usual variety of curves" : the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, 1943-1954 ; "A woman has her dreams too" : three women players in the professional Negro American League, 1952-1954 -- "Do something momentous" : the Florida Sun Sox (1984) and the Colorado Silver Bullets (1994-1997) ; "But Ila's for real" : Ila Borders, 1985-2000 -- The exclusion of girls and women from amateur baseball. He-sport and she-sport : the origins and infrastructure of gender exclusion in amateur baseball ; "It's baseball lib" : Little League Baseball and public Americana, 1939-1974.

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Library Journal Review

These two books invaluably shed light on the legal, cultural, and gender-based obstacles to the equality of the sexes on the diamond. Cohen addresses these issues from a scholarly perspective and situates the travails of female athletes within a precise sociocultural context with significant attention paid to legal developments, but not without making plain the day-to-day struggles of female players over the last 125 years. Ring adopts a more personal perspective, although she is as much a scholar as Cohen. The views and hopes of a parent shine through. The organization of the material is no less impressive than for Cohen, but greater attention is paid to related sports such as cricket and softball. Both books contribute greatly to our understanding of gender bias and the beliefs underpinning sexist assumptions. Both point to positive advances in society at large and on the ball field in particular. Public libraries should consider both, while Cohen is essential for academic libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Cohen (sociology and urban studies, Saint Peter's College) describes the history of women in what remains a "man's sport." Presenting the sport from the perspective of the female player, the author provides an informed historical, cultural, theoretical analysis of women's intersection with baseball and takes a hegemonic view that depicts women's marginalization in America's favorite pastime. Although women have been playing and participating in baseball for many years, Cohen points out the many limitations on women and the incidents of discrimination that have resulted in Title IX cases. This reviewer found Cohen's discussion of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League particularly intriguing. This interesting book provides a solid historical and cultural treatment of women and baseball over the years and reveals that, despite barriers, women have found a way to share in the love of this sport and to be counted. A fascinating resource for those interested in sociology, especially sport sociology, and women's studies. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. K. H. Weiller University of North Texas

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Marilyn Cohen is a professor of sociology and urban studies at Saint Peter's College, where she is also the director of women's studies. The author or editor of several books about Irish history and gender, she lives in Upper Montclair, New Jersey.

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