Dirt on their Skirts: The Story of the Young Women Who Won the World Championship

Dirt on their skirts cover

Year Published: 2000
Written by: Doreen Rappaport, Lyndall Callan
Illustrated by: E.B. Lewis

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“You have to be tough to play baseball in a skirt.” And 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 thrilled to every crack of the bat, stolen base, and pulse-pounding play. Someday she hoped to join her heroes like Sophie “the Flash” Kurys and Betty “Moe” Trezza. But for now she concentrated all her energy and passion for the game on this amazing fourteenth inning. As the pitcher’s ball hurtled toward the plate, Margaret could almost feel what is would be like to be in that batter’s position, arms tensed, bat held high, just ready to make that baseball fly…”

School Library Journal

Doreen Rappaport, Lyndall Callan, and acclaimed artist E.B. Lewis take young readers back to a historic game in the annals of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Based on written accounts and on the memories of the players themselves, this exciting story is for all those playground heroines and sandlot sluggers whose hearts beat a little faster whenever the hear the words … “Play Ball!” “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. Lewis’s finely wrought watercolor paintings deftly capture the crowd and the action on the field.”