book cover6X9 in., soft cover, 296 pages, color and B/W photos, autographed by both of the authors

A Series of Their Own: the History of the Women’s College World Series

CO-AUTHOR: Bill Plummer III
PUBLISHER: TurnKey Communications, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-9893007-0-4

COMMENTS AND REVIEWS: This book won coauthor Bill Plummer the Oklahoma Sports Historian of the Year for 2014, awarded by the Territorial Capital Sports Museum in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

“A must read if you were, or still are, involved in college softball or its national championship. It is also a must read for young softball athletes to better understand where this event got its roots.” – Margie Wright, NCAA’s winningest Div. I softball coach

“Job well done! So much fun to remember those years.” – Marita Hynes, series tournament director (1980-82, 1990-2005)

BOOK OVERVIEW: This heavily illustrated book chronicles the 44-year journey of collegiate softball’s national championship, from its meager beginnings in 1969 in Omaha, Neb., to its current position in Oklahoma City as the preeminent event for the sport of fast pitch softball. Coauthors Bill Plummer III and Larry C. Floyd used their contacts with many of the early organizers and participants to provide comprehensive information on tournament play, the growth of college softball, and the sport’s administration for the more than four decades of the Women’s College World Series.

“This women’s national tournament has a history much unlike so many of the other men’s collegiate national championships,” Plummer says. “It started in the 1960s without the NCAA and when there were no athletic scholarships available for women athletes.”

A Series of Their Own demonstrates how changing social attitudes toward women as competitive athletes and funding from Title IX legislation combined to promote college softball and its national championship. The book gives brief follow-ups on the lives of many of the noted players and coaches after their appearances in the women’s series.

This history is illustrated with historical and recent photos, team standings, and tournament brackets from this now well established and still growing women’s sports spectacular. For more information about the writing of this book, for book signings, or to contact coauthor Bill Plummer, email him at: bplummer1@cox.net.