Join us for an Athenian Dialogue on Friday April 20, 2018 in Greeley, Colorado, facilitated by Kathie Novak, Colorado Municipal Clerks Institute Director.
The book is When Women Played Hardball by Susan E. Johnson
If you haven’t already, please reserve your spot for the Athenian Dialogue in Greeley on April 20th. This particular training opportunity will be capped at the first 30 attendees. The book is “When Women Played Hardball” by Susan E. Johnson and recounts the story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, from 1943-1954, which proved beyond a doubt that women can play hardball and that they’ll do whatever it takes to win. This particular Dialogue will have the added feature of a movie, “A League of Their Own”, which will be shown in Downtown Greeley’s Kress Cinema and Lounge from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Lunch will be anywhere the group wants to go in the Downtown area following the movie. The Dialogue will then reconvene at the Ice Haus at 1:00. All are within walking distance. We hope you’ll join us!
The years between 1943 and 1954 marked the magical era of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League - which proved beyond doubt that women can play hardball. With skill and style, more than 500 women took to the baseball diamonds of the Midwest dazzling fans and becoming a visible and supported part of our national pastime. In the words of "Tiby" Eisen, leadoff batter for the Fort Wayne Daisies: "We played ball just like the big boys, we broke up double plays with spikes held high and we stole bases in our skirts. We did whatever it took to win." Among those cheering was ten-year-old Susan Johnson, a loyal fan of the Rockford Peaches. Four decades later she has gone back to meet her girlhood heroines and remember a sensational baseball series: the 1950 championship between the Rockford (Illinois) Peaches and the Fort Wayne (Indiana) Daisies - two of the League's most winning and dynamic teams. Filled with colorful stories and anecdotes by the women who played in that spectacular series, When Women Played Hardball offers an entertaining look at the culture the league created - and the society it reflected. This is a story about memories, about dreams fulfilled and dreams denied. It is a celebration of a brief yet remarkable period when women truly had "A League of Their Own."