I prepared these remarks in honor of umpire Perry Barber, who was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award for women in baseball on June 21, 2018, at SABR 48 in Pittsburgh.
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.
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. A Foreword is, of course, “a word to the fore,” in this case a 4,000-word Foreword, the number requested by his publisher. Writing at that length gave me a chance to explain how closely Dr. Eberle’s understanding of early town baseball fits with my view of it. Continue reading “Oct. 19, 2016”
It took three showings last week to present Mark Honer’s “Town Teams: Bigger Than Baseball” to interested residents of The Carlisle Naples. A few friends of residents and even some strangers came in to see the documentary, too. All came out of the theater with smiles and praise for the film, which seems to have hit a lot of nostalgia buttons. Continue reading “July 25, 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. Continue reading “July 3, 2016”
The manuscript that I hope will become my next book has just been sent to my agent, who is also an accomplished editor. She has applied her talents to finding my writing slips and is now preparing the manuscript by resetting it in the style approved by the publisher she believes will be happy to publish it. Continue reading “June 21, 2016”
April rounded out nicely, with stimulating visits as well as travel. On Wednesday, April 26 I had the pleasure of lunching here at the Carlisle with two delightful umpires, both of them women and both experienced in their field. Continue reading “May 4, 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,” which demonstrates the way local baseball influenced town pride and rivalry, helping drive the competition between towns in ways that advanced the economy and made baseball towns into lively places where baseball became the center of everyone’s interest. Continue reading “May 2, 2016”
“It seems like more and more fans are women. Why don’t the big-league clubs solicit women’s attendance?” was one of the good questions I handled at the Forum before the morning’s program at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Naples on April 17.