By Erica Westly
Softball is performed by way of hundreds of thousands in a variety of age teams everywhere in the international, however the origins of this cherished game (and the charismatic athletes who helped it in achieving prominence within the mid-twentieth century) were shrouded in mystery…until now.
Fastpitch brings to brilliant lifestyles the eclectic mixture of characters that make up softball’s vivid 129-year heritage. From its humble beginnings in 1887, whilst it was once invented in a Chicago boat membership and performed with a broomstick, to the increase within the Forties and Nineteen Fifties of professional-caliber, company-sponsored groups that toured the rustic standard, softball’s background is as various because it is attention-grabbing. even though it’s considered this present day as a feminine activity, fastpitch softball’s early background is filled with male stars, corresponding to the vaudeville-esque Eddie Feigner, whose signature flow was once notable out batters whereas blindfolded.
But simply because softball was once one of many in simple terms crew activities that still allowed ladies to play competitively, it took on additional value for lady athletes. ladies like Bertha Ragan Tickey, who set strikeout files and taught Lana Turner to pitch, and her teammate Joan Joyce, who struck out baseball celebrity Ted Williams, made a name—and a life—for themselves in an period while girl athletes had virtually no clients. Softball allowed them to flourish, and so they in flip encouraged an entire new new release of athletes.
Featuring 8 pages of alluring, classic photographs and compelling, well-researched ancient statement, this “fun and pleasing learn” (Billie Jean King) chronicles softball’s specified historical past in addition to its doubtful destiny (as evidenced through its debatable removal from the 2012 Olympics, and the mounting efforts to have it reinstated). a party of this distinctively American online game and the function it performs in our tradition this day, Westly has written “a must-read for a person who loves the game” (Jonathan Fader, writer of Life as Sport).
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Fastpitch: The Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made the Game by Erica Westly