Women’s College Softball on the Rise

A Season Inside the Game


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About the Book

Sidestepping the inflated egos and scandal that have infiltrated many men’s sports, college female softball players exhibit power and grace on the field as well as camaraderie, high achievement and vulnerability off the field. This balance not only makes the game compelling to watch, but it also elevates women’s softball as an aspirational model for other sports. Focusing on the 2018 season, this book explores gender performance and sexuality in softball, how the influx of money from the sport’s growth has reshaped expectations of success, and traditional media coverage of women’s sports.

About the Author(s)

Mark Allister teaches literature and writing at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Bibliographic Details

Mark Allister
Foreword by Carol Hutchins
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 215
Bibliographic Info: 44 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7616-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3586-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Foreword by Carol Hutchins 1
Prologue 5
One. Play Ball 11
Two. It’s the Speed, Stupid 23
Three. California Dreamin’ 34
Four. Icons and Culture 48
Five. Spring Break Adventures 61
Six. You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby 76
Seven. Female Athletes Performing Gender 93
Eight. Seeing with Our Hearts 106
Nine. Life Lessons 122
Ten. It’s an SEC World 135
Eleven. A Broken System 152
Twelve. Champions Crowned, Supers Won 164
Thirteen. Drama on the Big Stage 178
Epilogue: Looking Back 197
Bibliography and Resources 201
Index 203

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “From the ‘run and slap’ to power hitting, finesse pitching to power pitching, no fans to huge crowds and city parks to stadiums, Allister shows the strength and tenacity of women in the pursuit of excellence and equality…. I loved this book.”—Margie Wright, Hall of Fame softball coach and gender-rights advocate
  • “Mark Allister gives an enlightening take on what goes on in women’s sports. We have come quite far but have still farther to go, and this book highlights both of those facts. As a female athlete, I so appreciate the investment of time and energy Mark put into supporting the sport that so many of us love.”—Aubree Munro, University of Florida All-American and catcher for USA Softball Women’s National Team