Women Writing Baseball
Join us in welcoming four very important baseball scholars: Dorothy Seymour Mills (A Woman's Work: Writing Baseball History with Harold Seymour & Chasing Baseball: Our Obsession with Its History, Numbers, People and Places); Christina Kahrl (Co-founder of Baseball Prospectus );Judith Testa (Sal Maglie: Baseball’s Demon Barber); and Cecilia Tan (The 50 Greatest Yankee Games, 50 Greatest Red Sox Games, White Flames, and The Hot Streak.) Don’t miss your chance to talk baseball with four of the sport’s greatest scholars and writers, all of whom just happen to be women.
Dorothy Seymour Mills is the co-author of the first scholarly books of baseball history, published over the years 1960-1990 under the name of her
husband and colleague, Harold Seymour. Her autobiography, A Woman's Work: Writing Baseball History with Harold Seymour, was published
in 2004. Her latest book, Chasing Baseball: Our Obsession with Its History, Numbers, People and Places is already in its second printing. Mills, an independent scholar, has published a total of 25 books on various subjects.
Christina Kahrl is one of the co-founders of Baseball Prospectus, and is currently the executive editor of the think tank's website, BaseballProspectus.com. Her regular column covering major-league transactions has been an online staple for 15 years, and she is one of just
two people to have contributed to every edition of Baseball Prospectus' New York Times bestselling baseball annual. She is a member of the Baseball Writers Association of American, having been elected in 2008 as one of the first four on-line columnists to be voted into the organization. She lives in Chicago.
Judith Testa grew up in the New York City area as a Brooklyn Dodger fan. She swore off baseball when the Dodgers moved to LA and went on to
receive a doctorate in Renaissance art history from the University of Chicago. After retiring from a career as an art history professor, she returned to her childhood interest in baseball and, remembering Maglie as a fascinating baseball character from her childhood, decided to write a biography of him.
Cecilia Tan is a writer and editor living in the Boston area, but her first love was the New York Yankees. She also played baseball for several
years in the women's hardball leagues of New England. She is the author of many books of fiction and nonfiction including *The 50 Greatest Yankee Games, 50 Greatest Red Sox Games, White Flames, and The Hot Streak.
To the batters who faced him, pitcher Sal Maglie looked like the hurler from hell. Tall and sinister in appearance, with glowering dark eyes and a formidable five-o’clock shadow, the famed righthander earned the nickname “Sal the Barber” for his high-inside fastball that cut dangerously close to the batter’s chin. But Maglie was much more than his intimidating image.
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From 1949 until 1990, Dorothy Jane Mills quietly contributed her research and writing to the first baseball histories ever written by a historian. The wife of historian Harold Seymour, she found herself increasingly involved with his books, as the couple presided over mountains of records on the game and worked to prepare his imposing manuscripts for press. But she received no official credit.
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