Isabel "Lefty" Alvarez: The Improbable Life of a Cuban American Baseball Star


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University of Nebraska Press
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6.4 X 9.2 X 0.8 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Kat D. Williams is a professor of American history at Marshall University. She is board president of the International Women's Baseball Center and the author of The All-American Girls after the AAGPBL: How Playing Pro Ball Shaped Their Lives.


"A very good read. It is not only about a baseball player in the AAGPBL, but also about a young Latino woman who makes good in America."--Lance Smith, Guy Who Reviews Sports Books--Lance Smith "Guy Who Reviews Sports Books" (4/11/2020 12:00:00 AM)
"One cannot help but root for the dark-haired, left-handed 15-year-old pitcher, who came to the United States with hardly any education and no command of the language. . . . Lefty Alvarez is truly in a league of her own."--Bob D'Angelo, Sports Bookie--Bob D'Angelo "Sports Bookie" (4/16/2020 12:00:00 AM)
"The history of baseball in Cuba is well documented, with the exception of the island's women who played the game. Kat Williams's nuanced examination of how baseball informed, indeed transformed, the life and prospects of Isabel "Lefty" Alvarez fills that gap. Set against an ample background on Cuban political, social, and sports history, Williams demonstrates what a love for baseball can mean to a young woman."--Jean Hastings Ardell, author of Breaking into Baseball: Women and the National Pastime--Jean Hastings Ardell "Sports Bookie" (9/19/2019 12:00:00 AM)