A Locker Room of Her Own: Celebrity, Sexuality, and Female by David C. Ogden, Joel Nathan Rosen, Jack Lule, Roberta J.

By David C. Ogden, Joel Nathan Rosen, Jack Lule, Roberta J. Newman

Profiles of big name girls athletes and the hindrances they face

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Other entries in Brunvand’s folklore encyclopedia are equally relevant to Babe’s masterful handling of the folk tradition: boasts, the trickster figure, and namelore. The evocative nickname given to Mildred Ella in her childhood, her subsequent and ongoing tinkering with her own name, and the many sobriquets assigned to her by sportswriters are significant namelore, indeed. ”25 Babe would have none of it. 28 If so, the little Babe ran with it. Another relevant Babe comes to mind, as well: Paul Bunyan’s Babe, the blue ox.

Indeed, before Ken Burns stoked interest in African-American baseball by introducing PBS watchers to the charismatic John “Buck” O’Neill in 1994, the place of the Negro Leagues in the collective pop-cultural memory was dim, at best. As such, in the realm of reputation, Stone and her sisters are but a footnote. Had they played in organized “big league” baseball, rather than in a largely irrelevant, dying league, perhaps the story might have been different. But their signing and brief professional careers represent what amounts to a last-ditch effort of a moribund institution to stay alive.

Central to this volume is our contention that women in their role as inherent outsiders in sport are placed in a unique position that veers away from many of the overlapping qualities that we have discovered relative to inequality and discord found within (and, yes, beyond) this specific world. This discussion gained momentum with us once we made the conscious decision not to include Marion Jones in the previous volume in spite of the obvious parallels to the other subjects of that work found in her narrative.

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