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 Newspaper accounts, published and unpublished photos, and other sources were used in this book.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.
About The Authors
This is is the fourteenth softball book Bill has been involved with during his sports journalism career. A journalism graduate from Indiana University, he has written one book, co-authored two others and contributed to eleven more. For more than thirty years he worked as the communications coordinator/National Softball Hall of Fame services manager at the office of the Amateur Softball Association, the governing body for U.S. softball.
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.
Margie was the head softball coach at California State University, Fresno—more commonly known as Fresno State—from 1986 to 2012. She led the Fresno State Bulldogs to the NCAA national softball championship in 1998. She also ranks second all-time in career victories among NCAA Division I coaches in all sports. She was inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2000 and the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. She retired at the end of the 2012 season.
Larry 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.
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.
“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
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.
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.