Making My Pitch

Making My Pitch

A Woman's Baseball Odyssey

Book - 2017
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Univ of Nebraska
Making My Pitch tells the story of Ila Jane Borders, who despite formidable obstacles became a Little League prodigy, MVP of her otherwise all-male middle school and high school teams, the first woman awarded a baseball scholarship, and the first to pitch and win a complete men’s collegiate game. After Mike Veeck signed Borders in May 1997 to pitch for his St. Paul Saints of the independent Northern League, she accomplished what no woman had done since the Negro Leagues era: play men’s professional baseball. Borders played four professional seasons and in 1998 became the first woman in the modern era to win a professional ball game.

Borders had to find ways to fit in with her teammates, reassure their wives and girlfriends, work with the media, and fend off groupies. But these weren’t the toughest challenges. She had a troubled family life, a difficult adolescence as she struggled with her sexual orientation, and an emotionally fraught college experience as a closeted gay athlete at a Christian university. 

Making My Pitch shows what it’s like to be the only woman on the team bus, in the clubhouse, and on the field. Raw, open, and funny at times, her story encompasses the loneliness of a groundbreaking pioneer who experienced grave personal loss. Borders ultimately relates how she achieved self-acceptance and created a life as a firefighter and paramedic and as a coach and goodwill ambassador for the game of baseball.

Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2017
ISBN: 9780803285309
Branch Call Number: 796.357 BOR
Characteristics: xix, 224 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ardell, Jean Hastings 1943-


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May 01, 2018

I liked this book - a little: the author's story is interesting. It does, unfortunately, have the pitfall of many sports books: the minutia of pitch-by-pitch, batter by batter, inning by inning retelling of individual games overshadows the much more interesting story of the author's personal journey. Her journey is there for us to see - it just doesn't shine as much as it otherwise might.

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