In honor of Women’s History Month, I wanted to pay tribute to that demographic of fans and athletes and could think of no one better than Barbara Gregorich to weigh in on the topic.
Gregorich is the author of Women at Play: The Story of Women in Baseball (which is included in 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die) as well as the novel She’s on First and the young adult book, Jack and Larry: Jack Graney and Larry, the Cleveland Baseball Dog.
We spoke about the past, present, and future of women and the national pastime.
Other items by and about women include:
- Watching the Game, by Judy Lynn Johnson
- Wait Till Next Year – A Memoir, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
- The forthcoming A Game of Their Own: Voices of Contemporary Women in Baseball, by Jennifer Ring
- Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend: Women Writers on Baseball, edited by Elinor Nauen
- Pam Postema’s memoir, You’ve Got to Have Balls to Make It in This League: My Life as an Umpire
- Penny Marshall’s neo-classic film A League of Their Own
- Any number of biographies about Effa Manley (Marshall is working on a biopic about the owner of the Newark Eagles
- The writings of Jane Leavy, including her biographies on two icons of the Boomer generation, Mickey Mantle and Sandy Koufax (and Squeeze Play, a novel)
- The 1949 feature film Take Me out to the Ballgame , starring Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Esther Williams