As women’s softball came into its own in the 1930s, Dot Wilkinson emerged as one of its most acclaimed players—a status she held for decades. Lynn Ames, author of Out at the Plate: The Dot Wilkinson Story, draws on her longtime friendship with the greatest catcher ever to play the game of women’s softball to recount what that era of the sport was really like. Wilkinson was one of the most decorated female athletes of all time and one of the original players from the three-time-world-champion PBSW Phoenix Ramblers softball team, active from 1933 to 1965.
She was at the heart of it all in those years: sold-out stadiums; brawls on the field; brawls in the stands; epic rivalries; grueling travel; clandestine relationships, and larger-than-life personalities. Ames unfolds the story of Wilkinson’s life and career, one marked by childhood poverty, an indomitable spirit, the determination to be the very best at whatever sport she undertook, the independence to live her personal life on her own terms, and her success at all of it.
Out at the Plate: The Dot Wilkinson Story (Chicago Review Press) is available for purchase.
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