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Dorothy Jane Mills
Dorothy Jane Mills
Dorothy Jane Mills is an author, editor, consultant & speaker who has written numerous sports history, historical fiction & children's books. As the widow of baseball’s leading historian, Dr. Harold Seymour, she was his co-author in the classic series on baseball history they wrote together.


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Feb. 24, 2014 9:03 am
A lot of girls say baseball is their favorite sport. They love playing it. If so, why do girls drop out of baseball? The answer comes from Justine Siegal, a pioneer baseball player who now directs a nonprofit organization called "Baseball for All," which makes opportunities for girls as players, coaches, umpires, and leaders. Justine knows from experience why girls give up. Here is the answer: ...  Read More
Aug. 12, 2013 8:37 am
Blog: August 11, 2012 A lot of catalogs arrive in my mailbox every day. That's because I buy a lot of things through catalogs, or online, since I'm not as mobile as I once was. In looking through the catalogs I received today, I realized that something was bothering me about the models, something that seemed unnatural. I finally realized what it was: the models never do anything. A few in the...  Read More
Jul. 23, 2013 12:11 pm
One reason women are greatly underrepresented in power positions like those in the national government is the media's depiction of them as powerless. Young women do not aspire to high government positions when they fail to see frequent role models. They perceive leadership as masculine. "The most common way people give up their power," said Alice Walker, "is by thinking they don't have any." A...  Read More
Jul. 21, 2013 2:22 pm
This week I emailed Acura, the car maker, to make clear my disapproval of the company's ad in the New Yorker magazine dated July 22. It showed a photo of a car and another of a woman with the words MADE FOR MANKIND. This ad appeared to be stating that cars and beautiful black women are made for mankind. "What do you have for womankind?" I asked Acura. "Or, better yet, for humankind?" My...  Read More
Jul. 11, 2013 2:51 pm
Blog July 11, 2013 A few years ago a film director named Max Tax decided to prepare a film about a group of baseball players named the WBL Sparks. "WBL" stands for "Women's Baseball League." The girl players are, at most, twelve years old. Each year a team of girls twelve years old and under is selected by the director of the League, Justine Siegal, to play in the American Youth Baseball Hall...  Read More
Jun. 26, 2013 8:33 am
Blog June 24, 2013 Have you ever read the magazine of Major League Baseball? It's called MLB Insiders Club Magazine , and you can subscribe to it through the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. One of the regular features of this magazine is a set of stories written by fans about their wonderful experiences in ball parks. They are heart-warming. Until you begin to realize what they omit...  Read More
Jun. 11, 2013 11:22 am
A bill now before the New York State Legislature, said the New York Times on June 10, 2013, would expand the state's sexual harassment law to include all workplaces. How nice. Currently, women in some jobs in New York are safe from sexual harassment. Others remain unprotected. Which women aren't protected ? And why in the world aren't all women in all jobs safe from sexual harassment? The men...  Read More
Jun. 3, 2013 11:33 am
Blog June 3, 2013 About forty years ago, I finally had to accept the fact that I could no longer digest meat. An operation had destroyed my system's ability to handle it. For a long time I searched for something I could digest that satisfied my desire to eat something delicious, something that could substitute for the meat I grew up with. It took me years to discover a high-protein vegetable...  Read More
May 24, 2013 4:29 pm
Baseball movies have improved. No longer do they depend on fantasy for effect, like a long-dead ballplayer appearing in the cornfield, or a worn-out player with a magic bat. Happily, now they deal with reality. They feature the type of serious fans I wrote about in Chasing Baseball ( McFarland 2010) or the type of women included in my forthcoming eBook, Who Ever Heard of a Girls' Baseball Club?...  Read More
May 17, 2013 3:17 pm
A new documentary, "The Girls in the Band," features women of the 1930s who, prevented from joining all-male bands, formed their own groups and toured the country. Discrimination by male musicians gave them a new adventure. But traveling through the South was something they want to forget, says a trumpeter with one of these bands. At a time when women who wanted a solid career were restricted...  Read More
May 2, 2013 4:08 pm
Ho hum, another biographical article of a major league player, this one appearing in the prestigious New Yorker of May 6. Can we learn anything by reading this piece? Well, the player is a bit different from most; he wrote a book, he goes to art museums, and despite being a millionaire he sometimes takes public transportation. He had some bad things happen to him as a child; he's got a...  Read More
Apr. 6, 2013 9:20 am
Blog April 6, 2013: MLB's Lack of Courage Major League Baseball has become concerned about American children. Not as many children are as interested in baseball as they were before 2000. They don't watch baseball on television as much as they used to, either. "Children are the paying fans of tomorrow," says economist Andrew Zimbalist, "and baseball cannot afford to treat their waning interest...  Read More
Mar. 28, 2013 2:16 pm
In a scholarly paper read at the Spring Training Conference of NINE at Tempe, Arizona, this month, I heard a scholar read a carefully annotated paper about "Female Masculinity" as it is exemplified in a novel called Rachel, the Rabbi's Wife, by Silvia Tennenbaum (Morrow 1978). In his paper the scholar, a man from Ball State University named Adi Angel, asserted that in this novel the heroine...  Read More
Mar. 20, 2013 1:43 pm
A new book, so new it that bears a publication date two weeks from today, includes interviews with many people in baseball or connected with it in some way. All the people selected for interviews are Jewish because the author is interested in the relationship between American success stories and the values of American Jews. Surprisingly, two women are among the persons interviewed, and that's...  Read More
Feb. 26, 2013 3:18 pm
Children's books have become as important in the publishing field as adult books. The Sunday New York Times Book Review always carefully sets aside space that gives attention to newly-published children's books, just as it does for the separate category of adult mysteries. Some old children's books become perennials. A few years ago I realized that the best-selling of all my books was Ann...  Read More
Feb. 19, 2013 4:00 pm
Two baseball people are failing to get the recognition they would have gotten a hundred years ago. Rockford, Illinois, is boasting that Danica Patrick, of racing fame, is a native of that city. What happened to Albert Goodwill Spalding? He hailed from that city, too, and in 1911 he published his landmark book, America's National Game. Everyone connected with baseball knew of his multifaceted...  Read More
Feb. 13, 2013 10:57 am
"Women and baseball" is an aspect of baseball history that is becoming recognized. The Schlesinger Library of Radcliffe College in Harvard University owns a copy of my autobiography, A Woman's Work, the librarian there tells me. Some scholars consider this book a feminist document. The Smith College library has a copy of Chasing Baseball, for use in courses on sport history . Did you know...  Read More
Feb. 11, 2013 2:18 pm
Cleveland's famous old baseball ground, League Park, may finally have gathered enough support to be restored to something like its former glory, when major-league teams played the Indians there and famous Negro League teams like the Buckeyes made records there. In the past, Cleveland had many baseball grounds where amateur and industrial teams, including women's teams, played. The early...  Read More
Feb. 8, 2013 11:39 am
The University of Nebraska Press has just announced that U.N.P's author, Rob Fitts, has just won the Seymour Award for the book, Banzai Babe Ruth, published last year, and that he will receive the award at a banquet that follows the NINE baseball conference in Tempe, Arizona, on March 16. This announcement omits to reveal the full name of the award. More important, it omits to say who will...  Read More
Feb. 1, 2013 1:35 pm
Last week, while vacationing in New Orleans, I attended a play at the Shadowbox Theatre. The title was "The Insanity of Mary Girard; A Dream in One Act," by Lanie Robertson. Mary was a real person, the wife of a famous entrepreneur and philanthropist of the 1800s, Stephen Girard, who had her admitted to an insane asylum because of her so-called "uncontrollable bouts of rage" or "emotional...  Read More to Shut Down Permanently on December 31, 2017

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