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Stolen bases : why American girls don't play baseball / Jennifer Ring.

By: Ring, Jennifer, 1948-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2009]Copyright date: ©2009Description: xi, 200 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780252032820 (cloth : alk. paper); 0252032829 (cloth : alk. paper).Subject(s): Baseball for women -- United States | Baseball -- Social aspects -- United StatesDDC classification: 796.357082
Contents:
The girls' game -- A.G. Spalding and America's needs -- Enter softball -- How baseball became manly and White -- American womanhood and athletics -- Cricket -- Stolen bases -- Collegiate women's baseball -- The invisibility of bias.
Summary: Far from being strictly a men's sport, baseball has long been enjoyed and played by Americans of all genders, races, and classes since it became popular in the 1830s. The game itself was invented by English girls and boys, and when it immigrated to the United States, numerous prominent women's colleges formed intramural teams and fielded intensely spirited and powerful players. Jennifer Ring questions the forces that have kept girls who want to play baseball away from the game. With the professionalization of the sport in the early twentieth century, Albert Goodwill Spalding--sporting goods magnate, baseball player, and promoter--declared baseball off limits for women and envisioned global baseball as a colonialist example to teach non-white men to become civilized and rational. And by the late twentieth century, baseball had become serious business at all levels, with female players perceived as obstacles to rising male players' stakes of success. Stolen Bases also looks at American softball, which was originally invented by men who wanted to keep playing baseball indoors during cold winter months but has become the consolation sport for most female players. Throughout her analysis, Ring searches for ways to rescue baseball from its arrogance and exclusionary entitlement and to restore the great American sport's more optimistic nickname: the people's game. -- Publisher description.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-196) and index.

The girls' game -- A.G. Spalding and America's needs -- Enter softball -- How baseball became manly and White -- American womanhood and athletics -- Cricket -- Stolen bases -- Collegiate women's baseball -- The invisibility of bias.

Far from being strictly a men's sport, baseball has long been enjoyed and played by Americans of all genders, races, and classes since it became popular in the 1830s. The game itself was invented by English girls and boys, and when it immigrated to the United States, numerous prominent women's colleges formed intramural teams and fielded intensely spirited and powerful players. Jennifer Ring questions the forces that have kept girls who want to play baseball away from the game. With the professionalization of the sport in the early twentieth century, Albert Goodwill Spalding--sporting goods magnate, baseball player, and promoter--declared baseball off limits for women and envisioned global baseball as a colonialist example to teach non-white men to become civilized and rational. And by the late twentieth century, baseball had become serious business at all levels, with female players perceived as obstacles to rising male players' stakes of success. Stolen Bases also looks at American softball, which was originally invented by men who wanted to keep playing baseball indoors during cold winter months but has become the consolation sport for most female players. Throughout her analysis, Ring searches for ways to rescue baseball from its arrogance and exclusionary entitlement and to restore the great American sport's more optimistic nickname: the people's game. -- Publisher description.

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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

Ring (political science, Univ. of Nevada, Reno) provides an extraordinary account of the rejection of female players from baseball. Starting with female participation in baseball in the late 1800s and continuing through the late 20th century, the author provides evidence that females have been purposely excluded from the "good old boys'" baseball domain. She points out that females were prominent, active participants in baseball when the game first immigrated to the US. Numerous colleges had intramural baseball teams whose rosters included physically strong, and strong-willed, female players. But starting in the late-19th century, females were banned from baseball's "field of dreams." Although Title IX forced a ruling to put females back onto baseball diamonds, females continue to fight the perception that they hinder or impair what has become a male sport. Offering a mixture of historical, economic, sociological, and biographical material, the author explains the impact females have had in the evolution of the game and at the same time addresses the reality of the book's subtitle. In so doing, she searches for ways to reclaim baseball's nickname, "the people's game," and encourage females who want to play a game they are passionate about. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers. M. E. Beagle Berea College

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Jennifer Ring is a professor of political science and former director of women's studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her previous publications include The Political Consequences of Thinking: Gender and Judaism in the Work of Hannah Arendt, as well as works in political theory and gender and identity politics.

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