A BRAG MEDALLION HONOREE
Sports are commonly known as a man’s activity or at least it had always
been that way – including umpiring! For Margie Oblonsky her passion was baseball – it was in her blood! Her father was a baseball player, her twin brother is a baseball player, and Margie has the passion and love of baseball. Instead of playing for a women’s team she went through Big Al’s Academy to be an ump. She passed with flying colors! She was going to be involved with the game she loved!
Her first game and subsequent ones give her an insiders peek into
the dark secrets of the baseball establishment where ethics are questionable, there is no place for a woman in the sport, and where players can get away with
anything – cheating, drugs, and more. Margie simply wants to do the job she loves but finds that her being ethical and revealing the cheating going on could not only jeopardize her career but her twin brother’s major league options. Furthermore, her twin brother, Tim is facing self-doubt and other struggles. Margie has fewer outcome options so whatever she chooses to do will damage her career.
Faced with formidable odds, Margie must make decisions that allow her to be true to herself and the game she loves while proving that a woman has what it takes to be on the field.
Laurie Boris brings to light the gender biases that run amok in sports and other male-dominated fields. Boris tells the story with clarity, compassion, and ruefulness that clearly presents the issues and shows the strength of one woman.
There were several times I had to put the book down, not because it was boring but because it made me angry – I felt the frustration of Margie, her fears, her doubts which I believe Boris wanted! Boris’ writing style is smooth, her plot development was strong, and she built each character with care and attention to detail. The reader is caught up in the storyline and the characters almost immediately. Realistic plot, dialog and real-life situations make the story captivating. The tone of the novel, beliefs of the time period and other aspects of the book are spot on.
I highly recommend this book.
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