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Softball championship chronicled in a unique book
The inspirational roots of college softball’s national championship and its 43 years of explosive growth are chronicled in this unique, 296-page book, A Series of Their Own: The History of the Women’s College World Series. The book includes narratives on each of the annual tournaments from 1969-2012 within the context of the changing landscape of women’s collegiate sports.
To write this story, the authors drew on their backgrounds writing about and photographing this championship event while working at the Amateur Softball Association, the national governing body for softball in the United States. Newspaper accounts, published and unpublished photos, and other sources were used in this book. Prominent players, coaches and tournament organizers also contributed to this compelling narrative.
A Series of Their Own includes official team standings and player awards for the 44 national softball championships from 1969 through 2012. Appendices and an index for players and teams allow readers to quickly find information on individual and team participants from these storied tournaments. The name index contains more than 1,200 listings for players and coaches from the decades of championship play.
Carefully researched and edited, A Series of Their Own blends a compelling story with much-needed factual information. Historical photos, team standings and tournament brackets illustrate this moving account of how women’s collegiate softball started and grew its national championship.
The authors used archived newspaper articles and interviews with past participants as their primary sources to weave this narrative. The book provides information and facts on games from individual tournaments. The details of these competitive events are written within the larger context of the growth of women’s collegiate softball following Title IX legislation in the early 1970s.
The book gives brief follow-ups on the lives of many players and coaches after appearances in women’s series tournaments. An index of more than 1,200 players and coaches provides a quick reference to find these players’ appearances in the book’s 269-page narrative.
Below is graphical illustration of how this 6-inch X 9-inch book combines narrative and art to deliver this inspiring story:
A member of five softball halls of fame, Plummer retired from the Amateur Softball Association in 2009 and has since devoted much of his time writing about softball for several online sports magazines. He also serves on the selection committee for the Lowe’s Softball CLASS winner and writes a column on the winner each year.Larry C. Floyd has been a business and sports journalist in Oklahoma City for many years. He photographed the first two Women’s College World Series tournaments in Oklahoma City (1990-91) for the Amateur Softball Association, where he worked in the communications department in the early 1990s. He is a co-author of Oklahoma Hiking Trails (University of Oklahoma Press, 2010) and teaches U.S. history at Oklahoma State University (Oklahoma City). In addition to his sports writings, Floyd is a frequent contributor of historical articles for The Chronicles of Oklahoma, the long-standing historical journal of the Oklahoma Historical Society. He has published numerous photographs and articles in various state and regional magazines, including Oklahoma Today, Distinctly Oklahoma, Preview Magazine and more.
“This is the only comprehensive book written about the history of the Women’s College World Series. It is a must-read if you were, or still are, involved in college softball or its national championship. It is also a must-read for young softball athletes to better understand where this event got its roots.”
Margie Wright (27 years as head softball coach at Fresno State University)
“This book has been so much fun for me to remember those years. It was great to read because during most of the games, I was busy handling ticket problems or parking lot problems, or other issues. Thanks for giving me a play-by-play of the action that I missed.”
Marita Hynes (director of 19 women’s series tournaments)
“Excellent review of the Women's College World Series. Brings back so many great memories. Thanks to the authors for recapturing these moments.”
Judy Garman (coach of 1986 WCWS champion Cal-State Fullerton)
“Great-looking book! Awesome job!”
Pat Murphy (coach of 2012 WCWS champion Alabama)
Series of Their Own authors Larry Floyd, left, and Bill Plummer, right, pose January 30 with University of Oklahoma assoc. head coach Melyssa Lombardi and Oklahoma State University coach Rich Wieligman at the Territorial Capital Sports Museum in Guthrie, Okla., for the authors' 2014 Sports Historian of the Year award.