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During the coronavirus pandemic, ESPN ran the historic 2131 game when Cal Ripken surpassed Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games streak record. I was in my office working on prepping for my online classes when my husband called me into the room to see the broadcast all these years later. It was such a great throwback, and something pleasant to remember during these tough times. What I’m holding in my hand is the 2131 commemorative book the Orioles put together for those two historic games. We sold this book, for which I served as the editor, during the 2130 and 2131 games.
As the director of publishing at the ballclub at the time, I always say this marked the pinnacle of my career working in baseball. The staff of writers I had for Orioles magazine jumped at the chance to write for the book, and we made it happen over an 8-week period of time. It was hectic, chaotic, and oh, so much fun. I’m so glad to see ESPN broadcasting historic baseball games, and I’m so proud I was able to be a part of this one. I was on-field for the celebrations as a part of the event planning team, and when I saw Joe DiMaggio—who had been a teammate of Gehrig’s on the Yankees—right in front of me that night, it was all so surreal.
All of these memories play into why I enjoy writing novels and short stories about life in baseball. Baseball Girl, my second novel, is a book about a woman who works in the front office of a baseball team as she navigates love, loss, and life as a woman working in the sport.
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