LADY AT THE BAT: Book Review: Belles Of The Ballpark

Monday, May 4, 2015

Book Review: Belles Of The Ballpark

Until the movie A League Of Their Own was released in 1992, most people had never heard of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). Within a few weeks the movie was a box office success, and also within a few weeks, Diana Star Helmer's book about this pioneering league was published.

Starting today, Summer Game Books will re-release the book, Belles Of The Ballpark: Revisiting The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Co-written by Thomas S Owens, Helmer's husband, it is the definitive history of the AAGPBL. The eBook and trade paperback edition are available now. It will be available in bookstores starting May 15th.

The book begins with details of an idea of Philip K Wrigley's in the early 1940s, and ends around the time of a 1988 exhibit about the league at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Readers will learn all about how players were recruited, how they were trained (which included charm school) and how they played (which included wearing short dresses, leading to scrapes from sliding on bare skin).

Some of the most interesting parts of the book are set in the years after the league folded in 1954. Helmer includes dozens of Q & As with former players, as well as other activities which have kept the memory of the AAGPBL alive.

Belles Of The Ballpark itself does a lot to keep the memory of the AAGPBL alive. It is about a very important part of baseball history. If you love the game, this book should definitely be added to your personal library.

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