It Takes More Than Balls: The Savvy Girls' Guide to Understanding and Enjoying Baseball (Paperback)
by Deidre Silva (Author), Jackie Koney (Author)
CAL RIPKEN, JR. said . . .
“It Takes More Than Balls is a unique and fun book that lends a whole new perspective on our national pastime. Congratulations to Deidre and Jackie for presenting the game in such a wonderful and informative way. This book is a great tool and a good read for all baseball fans of any age.”
". . . fun, easy-to-read and staggeringly informative. . ." MLB.com
"...it is a guide to the intricacies and history of the game that every woman should have, and frankly some men too... It likely will go down as a keeper. After all, it may be that death and taxes are the only certainties in life, but mothers, sons, daughters, and Little League are next in line..."
Contra Costa Times
"This is genius at a fun level and of course an excellent topic"
Alexander Joy Cartwright IV
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Are Diamonds for Everyone?
For a long time we figured that our husbands and other men simply know more about the game than we did. We tried to reconcile our enthusiasm for the game with our unofficial second-class status. Were we just a couple women who tolerated the game better than others? We certainly didn’t compare stats from decades ago between players who were dead.
Huh?!? What’s that got to do with the price of beer in Fenway?
We finally realized that not working ourselves into a lather about the 1952 World Series didn’t make us any less of a fan than our male counterparts or others that considered themselves "real" fans. We were relieved when we realized that we simply enjoy baseball from a different perspective. This perspective is missing in baseball literature - it is that of the pure spectator. The one who was never coached in how to turn a double play. Our book is an effort to share our enthusiasm for baseball with lifelong fans and the "baseball curious" of either gender.
This book will educate fans with a passionate interest in the game by offering information and an historical perspective that will add to their enjoyment of today’s game, debates and issues. Undiscovered fans will get context; just what’s with these confounding player salaries, anyway? Everyone will get a refreshing and humorous, but sophisticated and reverent approach to the game. In most cases, the stories, writing and anecdotes from the game’s history will appear to the wide spectra of readers.
In addition to offering details, substantive anecdotes and scintillating gossip, the book will give tips on how to decipher some of the field antics, positioning, batting order and stats that will help you enjoy your next (or first) baseball outing.
The basic idea is that there are many ways to be a baseball fan as there are ways to enjoy a baseball game -- whether in the stadium, listing on the radio while making dinner or watching the action on TV. So, we say bring your glove to the game even if you can’t catch, score some of the game, zone-out for a few at bats. And don't worry about whether you are a "real fan" because there will always be someone who doesn't think you are one...
So, just enjoy being a fan. Oh, and read out book. Wait, buy our book. Use it to prop up the short leg of your coffee table. We'll see you at the ballpark, fan.