A Whole Other Ball Game Women's Literature on Women's Sport

Edited and with an introduction by Joli Sandoz

Farrar, Straus and Giroux



Trade Paperback

288 Pages



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Since the late 1800s, women have repeatedly proven their fitness for competitive sport . . . simply by playing the game. Any game. Off court and on despite all opposition. A literary first, A Whole Other Ball Game deals with all aspects of women's competitive sports, from the thrill of winning before hometown fans to the interpersonal dynamics on a team. This engaging collection of short stories, poems, and novel excerpts tells the exciting story of women's sports from the sportswoman's own point of view.


Praise for A Whole Other Ball Game

"A Whole Other Ball Game shares wonderful stories that reveal the 'inherent truths' of women's sport from the 1890s to the present—strength, courage, commitment, and passion."—Donna Lopiano, Executive Director, Women's Sport Foundation

"A ground-breaking anthology, full of surprises. Joli Sandoz adds writers of the stature of Adrienne Rich, Toni Cade Bambara, and Ellen Gilchrist to the canon of sports literature, while also bringing talented unknowns before a wider public for the first time."—Michael Oriard, Former Center for the Kansas City Chiefs; Author of Dreaming of Heroes: American Sports Fiction, 1968-1980

"Energetic, thoughtful explorations of the liberating possibilities of sport for women. Many of the pieces here deal with the struggles of women—especially adolescents—trying to accept that competition is good, that winning is even better, and that it's possible to be both a woman and an athlete without slighting either."—Kirkus Reviews

"This book offers insight into the meaning of the sport experience through the voices of women. A 'women's way of sport' emerges here."—Carole A. Oglesby, Ph.D., Department of Physical Education, Temple University

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  • Edited and with an introduction by Joli Sandoz

  • Joli Sandoz has played, coached, and written about competitive athletics since her first plunge from the starting blocks in 1961. Her sporting credits include working as the first woman track coach at Harvard. She teaches American Studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.