The Incredible Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League

Date(s) - 12/10/2020
7:00 pm-8:00 pm


DECEMBER 10, 7-8 p.m.



The Great Fenway Park Writers Series is thrilled to announce what we believe will be a great addition to the holiday season, an event aimed at the entire family. Save the date of Dec.10 at 7 p.m. for a Zoom presentation featuring award-winning cartoonist, writer, illustrator and author of The Incredible Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (Chronicle Books), Anika Orrock.

Anika’s illustrated book about America’s first professional women’s baseball league––best remembered as the inspiration behind the highest-grossing baseball movie of all time, Penny Marshall’s “A League of Their Own”–chronicles this remarkable chapter in history by weaving together newspaper and periodical clippings, historical documents and, best of all, an abundance of stories and quotes from the players themselves. The book, which appeals to all ages, resembles a graphic novel, with pages full of original illustrations and visual vignettes that capture the spirit of the mid-century era and the league. Anika beautifully conveys her deep love and knowledge of baseball with whimsy, freshness and fun.

“We had to get out there and prove–wearing dresses and with a name like the Fort Wayne Daisies–that we could play baseball. It wasn’t easy, but we did it. People may have come out the first time just for laughs and to see the legs, but they kept coming back––and that was because we played good baseball.” — Lavonne “Pepper” Paire, catcher, 1944 – 53

To view Anika’s art and shop, visit her website at   Through December 15th, registrants to The Great Fenway Park Writers Series receive a 10% discount on all illustration prints, cards and more by entering coupon code FENWAYWRITERS at checkout (excludes Original Art and Commission).

The Great Fenway Park Writers Series would like to encourage you to make use of the great local bookstores in your community! For this event, we have partnered with Frugal Bookstore in Roxbury.


If you don’t live in Boston, you might consider looking for an independent bookstore closer to home.

*Donations to the Red Sox Foundation are Encouraged


“Lovingly written and delightfully illustrated”

– Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle

“But with all [Orrock’s] talents, she figures out a way to piece together vignettes about the league with style and grace to reflect the sense of importance, excitement, competition and fun that was going on by those who were there.What makes this history come alive is Orrock’s mid-century retro drawings and colors.” –Farther Off the Wall

“Orrock’s stories and illustrations are funny, charming, and most importantly, visually engaging, but the best is always in the testimonies, as they go through headlines, rivalries, stats, and important moments of the league’s short but memorable trajectory… It’s meant to inspire and empower, and it fully delivers.”


“With energy, sophistication and validation, this proves again there’s crying in baseball, if just tears of joy for generations of young girls who have a new entry point to this history now that 28 years have passed since the movie ‘A League of Their Own.'”

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