Woman hopes baseball-themed book can help bridge divides

August 23, 2018 06:30 PM

It was once a catchphrase, but for one local woman, baseball has been very, very good to her. Now she's trying to inspire others -- especially young people -- with a new baseball-themed book she's written.

Wanda Fischer can talk baseball with the best of them. She's loved the game since she was 8.


Her first in-person game was at 13. It was the Boston Red Sox.

Writing about the game was a dream come true, but a male sportswriter talked her out of it. He said it would be tough and that the players didn't want women in the locker room.

She didn't have that tough a skin to pursue it, but no one could keep her from watching the game she loves.

She still has the scorebook. While she never reported on the games, good fortune led her to meet other players and serve as a public address announcer in 2012.

Then last year, she stepped up to the plate to do something she had never done -- write a baseball themed novel. The ValleyCats were the inspiration.

In the novel, baseball teaches life lessons. She says as a country, athletes have taught us all kinds of lessons -- from Jackie Robinson to LeBron James.

Today, with the country divided on so many things, she says maybe baseball can bring us together.



Elaine Houston & WNYT Staff

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