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June 30, 2008

Diamonds are for Everyone

That was a rejected title for a new book that explains baseball to female would-be fans—and offers tidbits unknown to this lifelong fan.

Carl Bialik

Deidre Silva and Jackie Koney's guide for women who want to understand baseball shouldn't be judged by its pink cover and cheeky title. It's a serious sports volume. I've spent an alarmingly high percentage of my waking hours playing, watching, reading, and writing about baseball, but I didn't know that Ted Williams used his Hall of Fame induction speech to call for the inclusion of Negro League stars, nor that there are seven different ways for a batter to reach base.

It Takes More Than Balls: The Savvy Girls' Guide to Understanding and Enjoying Baseball is, as its title suggests, targeted mainly at female readers and men who may buy it for them. It's a handy rebuttal to traditionalist—some might say retrograde—male fans who think casual female fans are a blight on the game. "I don't sew, crochet, nor knit, but why would I care if a bunch of people want to get together and do that at a game?" Silva asks. "It doesn't ruin my experience."

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