Live at Brookline Booksmith! Britni de la Cretaz & Lyndsey D'Arcangelo
Live and in person at Brookline Booksmith! Celebrate the release of Hail Mary with authors Britni de la Cretaz & Lyndsey D'Arcangelo.
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Hail Mary: The Rise and Fall of the National Women's Football League
The little-known, fascinating story of the rise and fall of the National Women's Football League, told through the players whose spirit, rivalries, and tenacity carried the league and furthered the legacy of women in sports.
In 1967, a Cleveland businessman had a brilliant idea: why not start a women's football team? It was conceived as a gimmick and a publicity stunt in the vein of the Harlem Globetrotters. He recruited women to compete as a traveling football troupe; much to his surprise, he learned that women really wanted to play, and play hard.
In nineteen cities around the country, against the backdrop of second-wave feminism and the passage of Title IX, these athletes broke new barriers and showed adoring crowds what women were capable of physically. Thousands of people came to watch-perhaps to gawk at first but then, in the end, to cheer.
Hail Mary is a celebration of women athletes and their fight on and off the field, and a powerful story of the league that changed their lives and the course of women's sports.
Britni de la Cretaz is a freelance writer whose work focuses on the intersection of sports, gender, and culture. Their work has been featured in Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, espnW, and more.
Lyndsey D'Arcangelo writes about women's college basketball and the WNBA for The Athletic and Just Women's Sports. Her articles, columns and profiles on female/LGBTQ+ athletes have previously appeared in The Ringer, Deadspin, espnW/ESPN, Teen Vogue, NBC OUT and more.