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Dirt on Their Skirts: The Story of the Young Women who Won the World Championship Rating:

You had to be really, really good to play in the 1946 championship game between the Racine Belles and the Rockford Peaches. Sitting in the stands, Margaret thrills to every crack of the bat. Someday she hopes to join her heroes like Sophie "the Flash" Kurys and Betty "Moe" Trezza. As the ball hurtles toward the plate, Margaret can almost feel what it would be like to be in that batter's position, arms tensed, bat held high.

As we see this historic game in the annals of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League through the eyes of a fictional young girl, Dirt on Their Skirts is a potent reminder that women athletes have inspired young fans throughout the twentieth century.

Based on written accounts and on the memories of the players themselves, this exciting story is for all those sandlot sluggers whose hearts beat a little faster whenever they hear the words, "Play ball!"


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"With its economy of language and telling period details, this book provides an exciting slice of sports history and an appealing bit of Americana, and vividly conveys the spirit of one great little girl." -- School Library Journal

"Judiciously using endmatter to relate a historical overview of the league, the authors serve up a fan's view of the game.... Well wrought in every regard, this is a nifty introduction to one of baseball's shining moments and to the contributions of a group of outstanding female athletes in particular." -- Publisher's Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 6 - 10
Author Doreen Rappaport, Lyndall Callan
Illustrator E. B. Lewis
ISBN 0803720424
Publication Date Mar 1, 2000
Publisher Dial
Language English