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Jan. 15, 2017

During the year 2017, I’ll be appearing at several events, many of them involving my speaking. Here’s a brief overview of where I expect to be:Read more

Nov. 1, 2016

A visit from two baseball friends made October 24 a special day here at the Carlisle Naples. Promptly at noon, into the lobby walked two people prominent in today’s women’s baseball circles. Read more

Oct. 19, 2016

I felt honored when Dr. Mark Eberle of Kansas invited me to write the Foreword to his new book, Kansas Baseball History, 1857-1941, which he has prepared for the Nebraska University Press. Read more

Oct. 2, 2016

You haven’t yet seen a photo of me as a calendar girl, in a sexy pose? Well, you won’t see one here, either. Read more

July 25, 2016

It took three showings last week to present Mark Honer’s “Town Teams: Bigger Than Baseball” to interested residents of The Carlisle Naples. Read more

July 3, 2016

One day I realized that I lack copies of all my out-of-print books. The ones that my fans expect me to have are mostly copies of the books I wrote for children. I don’t have copies of them all. But I’m trying to address that problem. Read more

June 21, 2016

Is there anything more thrilling than finishing a book? Maybe. Lifting a copy of the published volume out of its delivery carton for the very first time is pretty exciting, too. I'm looking forward to the next time that happens to me. Read more

May 4, 2016

In April I had the pleasure of lunching here at the Carlisle with two delightful umpires, both of them women and both experienced in their field. Read more

May 2, 2016

April 28, 2016 proved to be an exciting day. I came to Kansas City to enjoy the premiere of Producer Mark Honer’s documentary, “Town Teams: Bigger Than Baseball.” Read more

April 20, 2016

“It seems like more and more fans are women. Why don’t the big-league clubs solicit women’s attendance?” Read more

March 31, 2016

The NINE Spring Training Conference in Tempe this year kept up its high standards in the quality of scholarly presentations, and my trip to Arizona was a memorable one, including getting to play Frank Lloyd Wright's piano. Read more

Jan. 17, 2016

My strong preference for amateur baseball history over professional has recently been supported by a thoughtful and talented new SABR member, Mark Honer, a Kansas City producer-director who owns a film company called DHTV Digital. Read more

Nov. 2, 2015

On Nov. 21 The Naples Press Club will present a Book Fair at Barnes & Noble at the Waterside Shops in Naples, Fla. Twenty local authors have been invited to show and sell their books, and each will get ten minutes to speak on the stage. Read more

July 11, 2015

I just finished reading a book I wish I had written. Read more

June 21, 2015

Now we know of one boy who could have perused the rules of “base ball” in 1830. Sorry, Abner. Read more

March 1, 2015

I thought I was a pretty good researcher before I encountered the home-renting organization Airbnb. Now I know better. Read more

Feb. 17, 2015

Most people think of baseball history when they hear my name, since I have been associated with this field for 65 years and recognized as the first woman baseball historian. But I have other writing interests. Read more

Jan. 28, 2015

What used to be called “Organized Baseball,” a term referring to the associated majors and minors, is now called “MLB” (Major League Baseball), a phrase recognizing implicitly that the minors have no power, that the majors run everything. Read more

Jan. 19, 2015

It’s popular now, if people are part of an interest group or community, to call that group a “nation.” Maybe the people interested in baseball should call themselves a nation. Or perhaps not. Read more

Jan. 15, 2015

Our language sometimes serves us poorly. One of the best examples is the newsline printed on the television screen in connection with CNN’s report Jan. 10 about the attacks in Paris: “MANHUNT FOR FEMALE SUSPECT.” Read more

Oct. 4, 2014

Travel for me usually means that I’m working, either making a presentation or hearing others give theirs. But this month I treated myself to a vacation that included places and people who stimulated and inspired me in different ways. Read more

Aug. 24, 2014

The photos of Toto I unearthed revealed his scorn for my work and his assumption that I was there only to play with him or to watch him perform with his toys. His attitudes were clearly evident from his expressions and his body language. I decided that my only available response would be to arrange those photos into a sequence that would tell a story about Toto and his imperious personality. Read more

July 30, 2014

The morals of two recent adventures-in-eating stories: Make sure you know more than your waiter, and the right person may be listening when you specify your needs. Read more

July 14, 2014

Creativity need not be confined to fields like history. It's just as satisfying when it takes place in the kitchen. I rank my vegetarian cookbook, Meatless Meat, published in 2001, as one of my most creative projects. And I'm still experimenting in this field. Read more

July 1, 2014

A writer is a writer, even if that person isn't writing on his or her usual subject. I love writing about baseball history. But that isn't my only interest, so I write on other subjects, too. Right now I am involved in the development of three different book-length manuscripts, only one relating to baseball. Read more

May 4, 2014

It's always refreshing to discover that a person known to history did normal things as a child. I have just discovered, for example, that Alice Stone Blackwell, a 19th-century Boston activist and the daughter of two famous woman suffragists, played baseball as a teenager. Read more

April 15, 2014

Last week, when I was in Cooperstown, I stopped in the bookstore at the Hall of Fame. I came across The Story of Baseball Coloring Book. Wow, I thought, the story of baseball for kids who are still learning to color within the lines. Read more

Feb. 14, 2014

A lot of girls say baseball is their favorite sport. They love playing it. If so, why do girls drop out of baseball? Read more

Feb. 6, 2014

Women of today also wish to follow whatever talents they possess and want to be permitted to develop careers according to those talents. Those who have wished for a career as a baseball player, coach, or umpire have often been frustrated by artificial barriers built by those who want to keep them on the sidelines of life. Read more

Feb. 4, 2014

The latest event in which baseball historians brought women's history into the open occurred in January at the San Francisco Public Library, where five scholars presented information about it as part of a panel on women in the American National Pastime. Read more

Nov. 30, 2013

Yes, this is the information age. We hear constantly about the huge amount of data being amassed through the new technologies. Some of us wonder when it's going to be used to make the world better, or even just taken into consideration when decisions are made. ... Read more

Nov. 7, 2013

Facts presented in my new four-essay contribution to The National Pastime Museum about women in baseball history surprise readers ... Read more

Sept. 20, 2013

Last week, after addressing the women of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League at their annual reunion at a historical society in the Chicago area, I found myself impressed all over again ... Read more

Aug. 14, 2013

In looking through the catalogs I received recently, I realized that something was bothering me about the models, something that seemed unnatural. I finally realized what it was ... Read more

Aug. 11, 2013

I attended the 43rd annual convention of the Society for American Baseball Research from July 31 to Aug. 4 in Philadelphia. ... Read more

July 23, 2013

One reason women are greatly underrepresented in power positions like those in the national government is the media's depiction of them as powerless. ... Read more

July 21, 2013

The Canadians, you see, have come at the problem of discrimination through word usage not by making an editing decision but by showing us how ridiculous that usage is. ... Read more

July 16, 2013

A dozen years have gone by since I published the meat-free, high-protein recipes in Meatless Meat, and more Americans have cut down on meat or eliminated it altogether. ... Read more

July 14, 2013

A few years ago a film director named Max Tash decided to prepare a film about a group of baseball players named the WBL Sparks. "WBL" stands for "Women's Baseball League." ... Read more

June 28, 2013

One of the regular features of this magazine is a set of stories written by fans about their wonderful experiences in ballparks. They are heart-warming. Until you begin to realize what they omit from their stories. ... Read more

June 3, 2013

The book that has assisted many of the print generation to see vegetarian food as healthful and delicious is now available to younger people used to finding and reading their recipes in an eBook. This gives me a lot of satisfaction. ... Read more

May 29, 2013

While I watched "Trouble With The Curve," I thought of Katie Haas. She's an example of a woman who has made a place for herself in baseball. ... Read more

May 17, 2013

At a time when women who wanted a solid career were restricted largely to teaching, nursing, and library work, those who desired something different, like playing in their own band or playing professional baseball, were considered ridiculous, or at the very least "shocking." ... Read more

May 5, 2013

Ho hum, another biographical article of a major league player, this one appearing in the prestigious New Yorker of May 6. There is, however, an entirely new baseball story that could be written if the New Yorker could be persuaded to look into it. ... Read more

April 8, 2013

There are no MLB programs for one segment of the population that loves baseball so much that it has set up its own clubs and leagues and even its own international competition. You thought the era of forthright discrimination was over? Think again. ... Read more

March 29, 2013

Having read a great deal of the history of real girls and women who have played baseball in childhood and youth, including those who are playing now, I was surprised at Angel's interpretation of girls' baseball play as masculine. So I read Tennenbaum's novel. ... Read more

March 20, 2013

In their interviews for a book about Jewish connections to baseball, two retired AAGPBL players, Tiby Eisen and Anita Foss, reveal something different from what the interviewer expected. ... Read more

Feb. 26, 2013

Children's books have become as important in the publishing field as adults' books. ... Read more

Feb. 19, 2013

Two baseball people are failing to get the recognition they would have gotten a hundred years ago. ... Read more

Feb. 13, 2013

Women baseball historians have taken their places in the broad array of scholars studying our national game. I am proud to have been in on the ground floor of this movement. ... Read more

Feb. 6, 2013

The University of Nebraska Press has just announced author Rob Fitts has won the Seymour Award for the book, Banzai Babe Ruth. This announcement omits to reveal the full name of the award. More importantly, it omits to say who will present the award ... Read more

Jan. 29, 2013

"This book has the kind of story that would translate well to film -- especially if Penny Marshall were available to direct." ... Read more

Jan. 28, 2013

The decision that women could not play baseball was made by men, despite the fact that American girls must have been picking up the game and playing it since at least the 1800s ... Read more

December 2012

When I interviewed Marvin Miller at his New York office back in the 1960s with my late husband Harold Seymour, we were both impressed with his openness. ... Read more

Nov. 28, 2012

The History Channel’s new television series "Mankind" is kind to men, but historically inaccurate to humans ... Read more

Nov. 10, 2012

A recent article claims baseball is "the ultimate game of equal opportunity." Actually, all through its history, baseball has shown itself to be the game of unequal opportunity. ... Read more

Nov. 1, 2012

Why do women play baseball? Some men assume that women play in order to attract attention ... Read more

Oct. 18, 2012

I've been considering doing this for some time, but what made me take the step to becoming a vegan was ... Read more

Sept. 29, 2012

Last winter I gave a speech called "How Baseball Made Me into a Feminist." The title attracted more curious people than the room could hold: after all, how could baseball turn anyone into a feminist? ... Read more

Sept. 8, 2012

Lately I've been under the vague impression that other writers' ideas were bouncing off my own and that I've been catching the deflections. For years I've been saying that women in baseball deserve much more media attention. Now other writers with much more clout than I have begun talking about women in athletics. ... Read more


Previous Essays

As I age I become more philosophical. What is life all about? What is time? Why do we work?

Questions like this haunt me during odd moments of the day, so much so that I have written a couple of essays containing my musings. If you are advancing in age (and who isn't?), these short pieces may interest you. They are short pieces called "Dream Time" and "Working." I've received many comments from readers who say they feel much as I do about time and about their work.

Dream Time

In my dreams, time isn't chronological. Events occur out of the usual order. For example, I'm being captured by the bogeyman, then he's chasing me, and then I'm encountering him. In other dreams the second event opens the dream, then comes the third, then my brain goes back to formulate what must have happened first. ... Read more

Working

I've noticed something about myself: I've developed a lot of pride in my work. When I'm with others who are speaking of their activities, it's often with seniors like me. Most of them have retired from work, and I like hearing what they have done in their work lives. During the conversation I often find the opportunity to report that ... Read more

 
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