With its complex statistics and passionate fans, baseball can be an intimidating sport for newbies - but it doesn't have to be that way, as It Takes More Than Balls: The Savvy Girls' Guide to Understanding and Enjoying Baseball more than proves. Deidre Silva and Jackie Koney's wide-ranging introduction to America's pastime is engagingly narrated by Mary Kane. This thorough guide, which includes a detailed history of baseball, rules of play, and statistics, comes alive with Kane's warm reading, making it even easier for "baseball curious" listeners to ease into the idea that, yes - they're "real" fans too.
A brilliant analysis of the game of baseball from two women who think everyone should be a baseball fan.
For years, Deidre Silva and Jackie Koney figured that men simply knew more about baseball than they did. They tried to reconcile their love of baseball with their second-class fan status, but they finally realized that not getting in a tizzy over the 1952 World Series didn't mean that they weren't "real" fans. As loyal - but not insane or stat-obsessed - spectators, they simply had a different perspective. In It Takes More Than Balls they share their brand of baseball passion with lifelong fans and the "baseball curious" of either gender. Offering anecdotes and gossip from the ballpark, the book also explains the nuances of today's game that will help readers enjoy their next (or first) baseball outing.