Dirt On Their Skirts: The Story of the Young Women who Won the World Championship

1:59 AM Posted by Lori Calabrese

Dirt on Their Skirts: The Story of the Young Women who Won the World Championship

Author: Doreen Rappaport
Illustrator: E. B. Lewis
Publisher: Dial, 2000
Reading Level: Ages 4-8

"There's no crying in baseball!" Especially for the former players in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The Rockford Peaches and the Racine Belles put on quite a show in the 1946 championship game and Rappaport gives you a front row seat alongside a young fan named Margaret. "You have to be tough to play baseball in a skirt," Margaret's mother says and the players have the scraped knees to show for it. Margaret's dream is to play second base for the Belles, like her favorite player, Sophie Kurys. Nicknamed the "Flint Flash," Kurys gets a hit, steals second, and slides home to win the game. "It felt like the last day of school, the Fourth of July, the end of the War." This book is a winner to learn all about a group of outstanding female athletes who captured a crowd and a league of their own.
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